Friday, June 22, 2012 | 5:45 p.m.
UNLV assistant track coach Khadevis Robinson won his heat and advanced to the semifinals of the 800 meters Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Robinson, 35, finished in 1 minute, 47.3 seconds for the victory. There were four heats with a total of 16 runners — the top three in each heat and the next four fastest times — advancing to Saturday’s semifinals, which start at 4:45 p.m.
This is Robinson’s fourth appearance at the Olympic Trials. He has made the finals in each of his three previous trips, finishing fourth in 2000 and 2008 and qualifying for the Athens Olympics in 2004 with a second-place finish.
Robinson’s qualifying time of 1:44.03, which he ran last year, was the second best in the 32-man field. Only Nicholas Symmonds, who is running on what is now his home track, had a better time (1:43.83).
The other heat winners were Tyler Mulder (1:46.81), Symmonds (1:46.94) and Charles Jock (1:47.9).