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SF's Shannon Rowbury Qualifies By A Hair

Shannon Rowbury will race in the 1,500-meter final on Friday

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:32 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai catches up with San Francisco's Shannon Rowbury, who brought her Stanford University sports psychologist along, hoping Dr. Joann Dahlkoetter will psych her into winning Monday's 1500-meter run.

NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai catches up with San Francisco's Shannon Rowbury, who brought her Stanford University sports psychologist along, hoping Dr. Joann Dahlkoetter will psych her into winning Monday's 1500-meter run.

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What a difference a day makes. Or a second.

Or in Shannon Rowbury's case, .10 of a second.

That's the sliver of time the San Francisco native ran on Wednesday to make her eligible as a qualifier for the Olympic 1,500-meter final run on Friday.

She came in fifth place with a time of 4:05:47, beating out the Canadian runner, who had a time of 4:05.57.

Still, to win a medal on Friday, Rowbury has stiff competition. She came in fifth place in Wednesday's run, behind Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey, Ekaterina Kostetskaya of the Russian Federation, Morgan Uceny of the United States, and Lisa Dobriskey of Great Britain.

Rowbury's journey to running was an interesting one; she kicked off her athletic career by  Irish jig dancing after she broke a leg as a child.

And in London, Rowbury caught up with NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai to explain why she brought her sports psychologist, Dr. Joann Dahlkoetter of Stanford University, along to get her emotionally ready for, hopefully, a big win.

To see NBC Bay Area's earlier report on Rowbury's early dance career, click here.

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