Galen Rupp Gunning For Lagat’s Two-Mile Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 10, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM UTC
Galen Rupp is looking to take down Bernard Lagat's American record in the 2-mile this weeked. Photo: The Oregonian

His coach says he’s got the pacemaking to do it.

Former University of Oregon standout Galen Rupp, the current U.S. record-holder in the 10,000m, has a bit of a rivlary going on with Bernard Lagat.

This Saturday, Rupp is hoping to break Lagat’s indoor two-mile mark at the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Lagat is a Kenyan-born U.S. citizen. He set the record last year at 8:10.07.

“We’ve got a pacer to bring us through at 4:05, 4:06,” said Rupp’s coach, former New York City and Boston Marathon champion, Alberto Salazar.

Meanwhile, at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York City, Lagat is hoping break the indoor 5,000m U.S. record that is currently owned by Rupp (13:11.44). Rupp set that mark in Birmingham, England last year on February 19.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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