He wants gold at the World Championships.
With his silver medal in the 10,000m from last summer’s Olympic Games, Galen Rupp is arguably one of the best distance runners in the world.
However, the former University of Oregon standout wants gold.
“At some point I would like to know that I’m the best in the world, ” he told the IAAF.
“I came pretty close last summer but I’m still not there yet,” he admits. “And if I do it this year at the World Championships or another year then we’ll see. If I can be that for one season or multiple seasons, who knows, but at some point I just want to be able to say that I’m the best in the world.”
Rupp has been on a tear lately. He’s clocked a 3:50 mile indoors and recently set the American record over 3000m (7:49.16).
Rupp gives a lot of credit to his coach, Alberto Salazar.
“I have been really fortunate to be under the guidance of Alberto because he’s always preached about taking a long-term approach to my training. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to have consistent improvement and we’ve always adjusted things slowly and that’s either been more distance or more intensity.”
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