Thursday, June 28, 2012

Olympics Trials: Men's 5000m


Rupp defeats Lagat for the first time in his career, Lopez Lomong finishes third

All three head to London. Lagat was in full sprint mode and Rupp made his move on the inside with 50m to go and set an Olympics Trial Record, breaking Steve Prefontaine's record from 1972 by nanoseconds. Pre's meet record was 13:22.80 and Rupp ran 13:22.67.

A slow first quarter led to Mo Trafeh picking it up and stringing the race out. Only 4 men had the A standard, but they were the final four heading into 200 meters to go. The kick was insane, Lagat has never been beaten by Rupp, and was clearly going all out, but Rupp moved on the inside with 50m to go and covered the last lap in just over 52 seconds (WOW). That's a 10k/5k double win for Rupp, who continues to grow on me.

1 Galen Rupp Nike 13:22.67 M
2 Bernard Lagat Nike 13:22.82
3 Lopez Lomong Nike 13:24.47
4 Andrew Bumbalough Nike 13:26.67
5 Ryan Hill North Carolina State 13:27.49
6 Benjamin True Saucony 13:28.02
7 Elliott Heath Stanford 13:28.20
8 Hassan Mead Minnesota 13:30.21
9 Scott Bauhs Unattached 13:31.69
10 Mohamed Trafeh Nike 13:36.19
11 Trevor Dunbar Oregon 13:40.66
12 Robert Cheseret Unattached 13:50.39
13 Brent Vaughn Nike 13:51.49
14 Ian Dobson Nike / Oregon TC Elite 13:51.77
15 George Alex Oklahoma 13:57.15
16 Brandon Bethke Unattached 14:03.37

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