Former Wisconsin Badger falls one second short of Lagat’s 5K mark.
Chris Solinsky, who earlier this year became the first American to run under 27 minutes for 10,000 meters and also posted a sub-13 minute performance in the 5,000 meters in Olso, became the second-fastest American ever for the shorter of those two distances on Friday night with a fifth-place, 12:55.33 clocking at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Solinsky finished two seconds and four spots back of Kenyan Mark Kosgei Kiptoo, who won the race in 12:53.42. It was the second sub-13 minute performance this season for Solinsky, who ran 12:56.56 at the Oslo meeting in June, just behind countryman Bernard Lagat’s American Record-setting performance of 12:54.12 in the same race.
Also in Stockholm on Friday, American 10K road racing champion Ed Moran ran a personal best 13:20.25 in the 5,000 meters, finishing 13th in the 18-man field. Galen Rupp, Solinsky’s Oregon Track Club teammate who was aiming for a sub-13 minute performance, did not finish the race.
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