Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lagat Beats Rupp in 5,000

Galen Rupp, who battled a cold and congestion much of the week, shook off the symptoms and ran a superb 5,000-meters Saturday at the Reebook Boston Indoor Games, a race won by Bernard Lagat in a U.S. indoor record time of 13 minutes 11.50 seconds.

Rupp, who runs for Oregon Track Club Elite/Portland, excited the crowd by making a move with 1,000 meters to go, which pushed the pace and forced Lagat to dig deep to rally for victory. Rupp was fourth in 13:14.21, but his time shattered

his personal best of 13:18.12. That had been the U.S. indoor record.

Lagat covered the race's final 200 meters in 27 seconds.

It was a good meet for a lot competitors with Oregon connections.

Will Leer of Oregon Track Club Elite/Eugene also made a crowd pleasing move by going to the front at the midway point of the mile. Nick Willis caught him to win the race, but Leer's time of 3:55.66 was a personal record and an automatic qualifier for the world indoor championships..

Also recording strong, second-place performances were Sally Kipyego (OTC Elite/Eugene), former UO hurdler Eric Mitchum and former UO pole vaulter Becky Holliday.

Sprinter Ryan Bailey, who trains on the Nike campus, slipped coming out of the blocks in his preliminary heat of the 60, and did not qualify for the finals.

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The experts at LetsRun.com love Lagat's race and the way Rupp challenged him; Kipyego of OTC Elite/Eugene runs second in the women's 5,000.