Clausen finishes faster than Olympic standard

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Two-time Olympian Curt Clausen earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team Sunday, winning the 50-kilometer walk in the team trials.

Clausen covering the 2,000-meter loop course 25 times in 3
hours, 58 minutes, 24 seconds. Tim Seaman was second in 4:08:06,
and Philip Dunn followed in 4:10:37.

Clausen made two bathroom stops midway through the race.

"The first half of the race I was having some stomach
problems," he said. "I stopped twice and both times cost me a
total of about a minute."

Clausen beat the Olympic "A" qualifying standard of
4:00:00 Sunday. Two spots on the Olympic team await the two highest
finishers Sunday who better the "A" standard by Aug. 9.

The top five finishers Sunday will represent Team USA in the
50-kilometer competition in the IAAF World Race Walking Cup on May
1-2 in Germany.