Dozens Cheer on Local Olympic Athlete from Glastonbury High

Don Cabral in Rio Steeplechase finals
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Dozens of people spent a summer morning at Glastonbury High School today to watch a former graduate compete in the Olympics in Rio. 

Donn Cabral ran in the finals of the 3000 meter steeplechase and plenty of people were watching from home and cheering on the 2008 graduate and now two-time Olympian. 

"We all knew when he was in middle school -- we knew about him. We knew he was very talented," said Philip Mitchell, who ran outdoor track with Cabral. 

Cabral has collected several titles along his journey to Rio. He holds eight records at Glastonbury High, won the 2012 NCAA title for steeplechase at Princeton and placed eighth in the 2012 Olympics. 

“I say it's pretty incredible. This is someone that you can see all of his records on the board outside by the gymnasium. To see him running in the Olympics is such a big deal," Andrew Kattman, a Glastonbury High School freshman, said. 

Although Cabral won't leave Rio with a medal, what he has won is hearts in Connecticut – especially in Glastonbury. 

"I say it's pretty inspirational because you can see him on the screen which shows that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve what you want," Kattman said. 

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