Germany-bound Capel to keep running
Brooksville native John Capel may have lost his bid for Beijing at the recent Olympic Trials, but not his self-assurance.
In fact, the ex-Florida Gator wideout/sprinter leaves Thursday for Germany. His hopes: to compete in a full slate of international competition throughout Europe and try to pick up six figures' worth of prize money along the way.
"It's my job," said Capel, who entered the Trials following a two-year marijuana-related suspension and reached the 100- and 200-meter semifinals. "A lot of people think because you don't make an Olympic team, you can't go overseas and compete."
At the Trials, Capel finished 13th overall in the 100 semifinals (10.21 seconds) and 12th in the 200 semis (20.81). Both were well off his personal-best times, but Capel and his coach, U.S. Track Coaches Association Hall of Famer Brooks Johnson, seemed encouraged.
"His top-end speed was as fast as anybody," Johnson said Wednesday. "I think he lost patience and came up too early in the race and that hurt him.
"His world is not going to end with the Olympic Trials, that's for sure."
JOEY KNIGHT, Times staff writer