Leo Manzano (Spanish ’08) earned the Silver Medal for the United States in the 1,500 meter during the 2012 Olympics in London where he posted a time of 3:34.79. He is the first Longhorn to ever make the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meter.
During his time at the university, he won five NCAA National Championship titles, earned All American nine times and holds four school records, including the indoor mile (3:58.78), 1,500 meter (3:35.29), and indoor and outdoor distance-medley relay. His senior year culminated in the Men’s Track Athlete of the Year award from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In 2008 after graduation, Manzano represented the United States in the 1,500 meter during the Beijing Olympic Games. Since advancing to professional running, he has competed nationally and internationally as a three-time member of the World Championships Team USA, and has capitalized on his speed and power to earn five podium finishes in nine major international races. He is the 2012 USA Indoor Champion in the 1,500 meter and ranks among the top five fastest men in the United States in both the 1,500 meter and the mile. He currently lives and trains in Austin, Texas.