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Ole Miss runner gallops way into Olympics

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Ole Miss junior Isiah Young finished 3rd by 100th of a second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR this past Sunday, earning the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Ole Miss junior Isiah Young finished 3rd by 100th of a second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR this past Sunday, earning the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
OXFORD, MS -

(WMC-TV) - During the last summer Olympics in 2008, Ole Miss junior Isiah Young was working at fast food restaurants in his home town of Junction City, KS, never having raced competitively in his life.

"Then I finally was like ‘I'm gonna stop working for a while, and see what the sports life is like,'" he said.

So as a high school senior, Young began a sports life in track and field and less than 4 years later he'll be running in the London Olympics.

"Shoot, I'm one for one," he joked.

Despite a nagging right hamstring injury, Young ran the race of his life Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, smashing his own school record with a time of 20.16 seconds in the 200 Meter.

He finished in 3rd, by 100th of a second, earning the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Young said that representing both his country and his school is the biggest honor of his life.

He received hundreds of calls, texts and Twitter messages from friends and family after he qualified for the Olympics, but the first call he made was to his mom Betty.

"When I called her, she said congratulations and then started screaming in my ear.' "I was like ‘Alright thanks, I'm gonna call you back,'" he joked.

Young's goal in London is to make the 200 Meter finals, and then from there he says he just has to run his race and try to get a medal.

Imagine his mom's reaction if that happens.

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