Hassan Mead had a crazy up-and-down day Wednesday in Rio. The ex-Gophers long-distance runner was among the leaders in the 5,000-meter semifinals before his feet got tangled with other runners and he crashed, losing what would have surely been a qualifying spot in the final.
Mead’s appeal was denied, ending his Olympic dreams. But then late Wednesday night the Olympic committee reversed its decision and granted Mead a spot in the final.
That means Mead, from Minneapolis South High School, will race in the 5,000-meter final at 7:20 p.m. Saturday.