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Galen Rupp Comes Up Short On Record Attempt

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 13, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM UTC
Galen Rupp came up a few seconds short in his American record attempt in the 5,000 meters on Friday night. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Galen Rupp came up a few seconds short in his American record attempt in the 5,000 meters on Friday night. Photo: PhotoRun.net

He was trying to take the 5,000m record back from Bernard Lagat.

Former University of Oregon track star Galen Rupp failed to break the American indoor record in the 5,000m on Friday. He was competing in the PSD Bank Meeting, which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany, and looking to eclipse Bernard Lagat’s current mark of 13:11.50. Rupp, who boasts a 13:14.21 PR, had previously held the mark before Lagat.

On Friday, the 24-year-old Rupp ran a 13:21.83, but had been on 13:00 pace for close to 2,800 meters, according to reports.

Despite the fact that Rupp didn’t break the record, he still ran the fifth-fastest indoor 5,000m ever by an American.

In the same race, the Kenyan Isiah Koech ran the fourth-fastest indoor 5,000m in history (12:53.29) to break the tape first. Koech is only 17 years old. His victory set a new junior world record.

Koech defeated former world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge ended up running 12:55.72. Both men became the third and fourth person in history to dip under 13:00 in the indoor 5,000m event.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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