Decision Time For Ritz After Hengelo Race

Dathan Ritzenhein is looking to make his third Olympic team. Photo: AP

The two-time Olympian has to figure out where to focus.

American Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein has a big decision to make: will he attempt to qualify for the the 2012 Games in the 5,000 or 10,000 meters?

Ritzenhein, who was a standout runner at the University of Colorado, failed to run the Olympic ‘A’ standard in the 10,000 meters in Hengelo, in the Netherlands last weekend.

At that meet, called the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, Ritzenhein took twelfth. His time was 27 minutes, 50.82 seconds.

The standard he needed to meet is 27:45.

“It was too fast from the get-go,” Ritzenhein later recalled of the race.”If I would have gone out with the lead pack and ran the pace the Ethiopians were, I would have finished a lot worse than I did.”

The steamy conditions were hardly optimal for a good showing. “I felt it a lot,” Riztenhein said of the weather. “It was hot out. It was a tough race.”

He already has the Olympic ‘A’ standard in the 5000, which was achieved at the Occidental High Performance Meet on May 18.

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