We’re accustomed to seeing American sprinters perform well on the European outdoor track circuit, but not our homegrown distance runners. But this year is different, and it was different again at the DN Galan Stockholm World Athletics Tour event held Friday.
In the women’s 5000m, Jenny Barringer outclassed a field of Portuguese, Russians, and Ethiopian and two fellow Americans to win in a personal best time of 15:05.25. Californian Jen Rhines was just two seconds back in fourth place. Both women will compete at the World Championships in Berlin beginning August 15.
Results were even better in the women’s 1500m. US champion Shannon Rowbury followed the pacemaker closely through 1000 meters and then took charge, but was passed by a surging Kristin Wurth-Thomas in the final backstretch. The Americans finished one-two in 4:03.01 and 4:05.47.
In men’s distance racing, Josh McAdams stayed close to a fearsome foursome of Kenyan talents in the 3000m steeplechase until the bell lap. He crossed the finish line fifth, less than a second out of third place, in 8:25.66.
The seldom run 1000 meters was also on the men’s schedule. It featured four Americans: Bernard Lagat (fifth, 2:17.52), Christian Smith (seventh, 2:17.65), Leo Manzano (10th, 2:19.73) and David Krummencker, who acted as pacemaker and did not finish.
In the sprints, Jeremy Wariner took the men’s 400 in 44.83, Allyson Felix dominated the women’s 200 in 21.88, and Tyson Gay, for whom sub-9.8 100m performances are becoming ho-hum, crushed the men’s 100 in 9.79.