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High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
Finishing 1-2 in a tight 5,000m final in Eugene, Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat lead the men's 5,000m squad. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s 5,000m

(13:21.50 / 13:28.00) – Final, Saturday, August 11
Olympic Record (12:57.82), Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia, Beijing 2008
World Record (12:37.35), Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia, 2004
U.S. Record (12:53.60), Bernard Lagat, 2011

Last American gold medal (Bob Schul, Tokyo 1964)
Last American medal (gold, Bob Schul, Tokyo 1964)
TOTAL MEDALS = 3 (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze)

* Galen Rupp (Portland, OR), 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials champion
* Bernard Lagat (Tucson, AZ), 2007 World Champion 5000m; two-time 1500m Olympic medalist
* Lopez Lomong (Beaverton, OR), two-time Olympic team member

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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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