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Olympics: Ex-Cal star Alysia Montano wins first-round 800m heat; she goes in semifinals Thursday

Cal grad Alysia (Johnson) Montano went out fast — as she usually does — and held on to win her first-round heat in the 800 meters at the London Olympics.

Montano will run in the semifinal round Thursday, where her heat includes eight runners who have broken 2 minutes and two — Janeth Jepkosgei of  Kenya and Caster Semenya of South Africa — who boast faster personal bests than Montano. On the other hand, Montano beat Semenya in Wednesday’s opening round.

Her race goes off at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Jeff Faraudo