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Tegenkamp Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 6, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM UTC
Matt Tegenkamp appears to be in great shape for his marathon debut next month. Photo: www.photorun.net

The 31-year-old defended his 20K title in New Haven last weekend.

Former University of Wisconsin standout Matt Tegenkamp continues his presence in the limelight. USA Track and Field has named the 31-year-old as its Athlete of the Week.

Tegenkamp’s results prove he deserves the accolades.

After all, he won the U.S. 20K Road Championships last weekend in New Haven, Conn., becoming the first person since 2004 Olympian Dan Browne to win back-to-back titles.

Tegenkamp is gearing up for his marathon debut in Chicago next month.

“This field was stacked with veteran runners, and it wasn’t a rhythm race. It was just a grinding, suffering fartlek. It is a great and satisfying performance, and a trial effort going into Chicago,” he said. “I knew whatever move I made, I would have to make it and go all the way to the line. From four miles out, it was managing that effort.”

After Chicago, Tegenkamp could race in the .US National Road Racing Championships on Nov. 17.

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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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