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'Eaters' Jock in fast lane

World-class UC Irvine standout sprinting toward Olympics at World Championships.

August 24, 2011

"I've just learned to be confident and run my race," Jock said. "Not many people can hang with a fast first lap, but I also need to make sure I don't slack off in the backstraight, the final curve or the homestretch, because there is always somebody trying to make a move."

Jock, who is majoring in urban studies, is eyeing a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and future Games as well.

"An Olympic berth would be the culmination of four years of hard work," he said. "I don't think I can express how much it would mean to me in words, but it would definitely be one of the best moments of my life.

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"It would be a real example of how hard work pays off and would definitely be encouraging for the 2016 and possibly the 2020 Games, as well," Jock said.

UCI head coach Vince O'Boyle and associate head coach Jeff Perkins will be attending the meet in Daegu to support Jock.

"It is very obvious that Charles has had an outstanding track season," O'Boyle said. "To finish second in the NCAA Championships and then two weeks later, place third and earn a spot on the United States World team is an outstanding accomplishment."

"I feel he is ready to represent the United States and run his first international races at the top level he has competed at all year long," O'Boyle said.

— From staff reports

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