Galen Rupp Shatters American 10K Record

Galen Rupp is the new owner of the American 10,000m record. Photo: PhotoRun.net

American Morgan Uceny runs world-leading 1500m time at the same meet.

Galen Rupp is the new owner of the American 10,000m record. Photo: PhotoRun.net

American distance-running history was made Friday night at the Diamond League Meeting in Brussels, Belgium. In the men’s 10,000 meters, former University of Oregon standout Galen Rupp shattered the American record, running a blazing 26:48.00.

The previous mark was held by Chris Solinsky who ran 26:59.60 last May in Stanford, California.

The 25-year-old Rupp is now the 16th-fastest 10,000m runner in history.

Rupp’s amazing performance took place amidst a highly competitive field that included world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele, as well as top-class Kenyans Lucas Rotich, Eliud Kipchoge, and Geoffrey Kirui.

Bekele, who had been injured this year and dropped out of the 10,000m final at the World Championships in Daegu, went on to win the race with a world-leading 26:43.16, while Lucas Rotich was second in 26:43.98. Newly minted American-record holder Rupp took third.

During the race, Rupp stayed with the leaders through 5K (13:26.63). And, according to a report filed on Letsrun.com, he managed to run the final 1600m in a blazing 4:11. Bekele, always known for his finishing kick, took over the lead in the penultimate lap.

In other Brussels Diamond League news, American Morgan Uceny won a hotly contested women’s 1500m final in 4:00.06. Her time puts her at number one in the world this year.

During the race, Uceny took the lead with 200m to go, passing Morocco’s Mariem Alaoui Selsoul who ended up finishing .71 seconds behind. Third place went to Bahrain’s Maryam Yusuf Jamal (4:01.40).

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