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Galen Rupp sets new indoor 5000 American Record at the 2011 AVIVA Indoor Grand Prix

Published by
ross   on Feb 19 2011, 04:15 PM

NATIONAL 5000M RECORDS FOR FARAH, RUPP IN BIRMINGHAM
By David Monti
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved - used with permission

New training partners Mo Farah and Galen Rupp broke their respective national records for 5000m at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham, England, today. 

Farah, the reigning European 5000m and 10,000m champion, won the race in 13:10.60, smashing Nick Rose's 1982 British record of 13:21.27 set in New York City.  Farah now holds the British indoor records for both 3000m and 5000m.

"I'm really happy, it felt good," Farah told UK Athletics.  "The crowd (at the National Indoor Arena) made a big difference and it was a nice race for me with Galen [Rupp] my new training partner so I'm look forward to the next few months."

Rupp, who has been training with Farah under coach Alberto Salazar (an unusual arrangement because Farah is an adidas-sponsored athlete and Salazar has previously only coached Nike-sponsored athletes), finished second in 13:11.44, surpassing Bernard Lagat's 2009 American record by just 6/100ths of a second.  Just last Saturday, Lagat had earned what was his fifth USA indoor record over the two-mile distance at the NYRR Deuce Record Challenge in New York City.  He's back down to four again (1500m, mile, two-mile, 3000m).

"He got it by a whisker," Lagat said in a brief telephone interview from Tucson today.

Farah started off conservatively and initially was as far back as 20m off the leaders.  But, as pacemaker Scott Overall stepped off the track with 15 laps to go, Farah moved up into third and was already well inside record breaking pace when he moved to the front.

"We had a plan going into the race," Farah explained.  "We wanted to start off steady and work our way through – that was the aim."

Farah earned a USD 5000 bonus for the record.  He now needs to decide if he will defend his 3000m title at next month's European Indoor Championships.

PHOTO: Mo Farah after winning the 2010 European 5000m title in Barcelona (photo by Jane Monti)

ENDS

16:08 - 5000 METRES - Men OFFICIAL RESULTS




1 Mo FARAH GBR 13:10.60


NR
2 Galen RUPP USA 13:11.44


NR
3 Shedrack KORIR KEN 13:39.52


SB
4 Rui SILVA POR 13:41.93


NR
5 Gezachw YOSSEF ISR 14:17.81


NR
6 John BEATTIE GBR 14:18.71


SB
7 Ross MURRAY GBR 15:17.56


PB
8 Ryan MCLEOD GBR 16:32.72


PB
9 Jonathan MELLOR GBR 16:32.76


PB

Gideon GATHIMBA KEN DNF



Scott OVERALL GBR DNF


Split Times

1000 Scott OVERALL GBR
2:36.09
2000 Gideon GATHIMBA KEN (2:40.97) 5:17.06
3000 Gideon GATHIMBA KEN (2:35.62) 7:52.68
4000 Mo FARAH GBR (2:43.32) 10:36.00
Finish Mo FARAH GBR (2:34.60) 13:10.60


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