Nick Symmonds never thought he'd crack 1 minute, 43 seconds in the 800 meters.
He did, and it wasn't good enough.
The American finished fifth in Thursday night's final, which David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya won with a world-record time of 1:40.91.
"On one point, I'm crushed and devastated, but on the other, to do something I never thought I'd be humanly capable of, I've got really mixed emotions. I really need a pint right now."
Symmonds ran a career best of 1:42.9.
"To run a personal best at 28 years old, I feel invincible right now even though I don't have a medal around my neck," he said.
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