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South Hills Athlete Heading to Olympics

A 19-year-old Bethel Park man placed first in the 20,000-meter race walk at the U.S. Olympic trials.

A 19-year-old Bethel Park man has qualified to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London next month. 

Trevor Barron, a computer science major at Colorado College who just completed his freshman year, won the U.S. Olympic trials' 20,000-meter race walk (50 laps around the Hayward Field track) in 1:23:00.10, setting three records in the process, according to armorytrack.com.

His 1:02:06.57 was an American record at 15,000 on the track, and the final 1:23.00.10 was both "an all-time Olympic trials best and an American best-ever, anywhere, on the track," the site reports.

Many are saying his T-shirt said it all. It read: "Pray For Colorado," representing those who have had to evacuate their homes leaving precious keepsakes behind because of relentless wildfires.

Barron was the only athlete in the event to earn a spot on the U.S. team.

This story originally appearead on Peters Patch

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