Duane Solomon Breaks US 600 Meter Record With 1:15.70 Win in Scotland

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28-Year Old Opens 2013 Campaign Right Where He Ended 2012 – On Fire – As Dai Greene Sets British Record at 1:16.22

By LetsRun.com
January 26, 2013

Last year, it was somewhat of a surprise when Duane Solomon made the US Olympic 800 team as the third qualifier. After all, he didn’t even have the Olympic 800 ‘A’ standard heading into the Trials.

After qualifying, it was an absolute stunner when Solomon went to Europe and first ran 1:43.44 in Monaco before running 1:42.82 at the Olympics to finish fourth and become the 2nd fastest American in history.

All we can say is, “Get used to it.”

The 28-year old Solomon started off his 2013 campaign today in Glasgow, Scotland and emphatically showed his 2012 campaign wasn’t a fluke. Solomon ran a US record of 1:15.70 to break Chip Jenkins nearly 26-year old record of 1:15.80 (which was set Feb. 1, 1987).

Facing fellow 800 Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie and 2011 400 hurdles world champ Dai Greene, Solomon wasted zero time earlier today. He got out fast at the gun and had the following splits (race embedded on left).

23.50
48.84 (25.34)
1:15.70 (26.86)

Greene was the only one in the field to go with the blitzing early pace as Osagie was back in third after a 5 or 6 meter gap. On the last lap, Osagie moved up and ended up battling Greene for second but Solomon led from start to finish. Greene held off Osagie for second and was rewarded with a new British record of 1:16.22.

Other Mid-D and Distance Action – Lagat Wins/Centro Loses

In other mid-d and distance action with American competitors, 2011 world 1,500 bronze medallist and Olympic 4th placer Matt Centrowitz was smoked in the men’s 1500 as he finished third in 3:40.27, nearly two seconds behind Bethwel Birgen‘s winning time of 3:38.37. Birgen is no slouch. He finished 5th at the Kenyan Trials last year and also ran 3:31.00 last year.

The 2013 season opener went better for American Bernard Lagat as he got the win over Augstine Choge in the men’s 3000 – 7:53.36 to Choge’s 7:54.68. 2012 US Olympian Geena Gall was second in the women’s 800 (2:04.71) and Sara Vaughn was third in the women’s 1,500 (4:23.41)

Results for the mid-d and distance action appears below. Embedded youtube videos of each race appear after the results. The rest of the results for the meet are here.

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16:07 – 600 METRES – MenOFFICIAL RESULTS
1USADuane SOLOMON1:15.70 (23.50, 48.84)
NR5
2COMDai GREENEGBR1:16.22NR4
3GBRAndrew OSAGIE1:16.45PB3
4GERAndreas LANGE1:16.76PB2
5RUSIvan TUKHTACHEV1:17.68SB1
14:51 – 1500 METRES – MenOFFICIAL RESULTS
1COMBethwel BIRGENKEN3:38.37SB5
2GERFlorian ORTH3:40.03PB4
3USAMatthew CENTROWITZ3:40.27SB3
4RUSPavel KHVOROSTUKHIN3:44.85PB2
5GBRCharlie GRICE3:45.05PB1
Split Times
400USAMatthew CENTROWITZUSA57.73
800COMBethwel BIRGENKEN(1:00.18)1:57.91
1200COMBethwel BIRGENKEN(58.73)2:56.64
FinishCOMBethwel BIRGENKEN(41.73)3:38.37

15:38 – 3000 METRES – MenOFFICIAL RESULTS
1USABernard LAGAT7:53.36SB5
2COMAugustine CHOGEKEN7:54.68SB4
3RUSEgor NIKOLAEV7:55.253
4GBRAndy VERNON8:00.80SB2
5GERNico SONNENBERG8:13.98PB1
Split Times
1000GBRAndy VERNONGBR2:45.88
2000RUSEgor NIKOLAEVRUS(2:38.20)5:24.08
FinishUSABernard LAGATUSA(2:29.28)7:53.36

14:01 – 800 METRES – WomenOFFICIAL RESULTS
1RUSEkaterina POISTOGOVA2:04.045
2USAGeena GALL2:04.78SB4
3GERSonja MOSLER2:05.13PB3
4GBRLynsey SHARP2:05.23PB2
5COMWinny CHEBETKEN2:06.83SB1
Split Times
400RUSEkaterina POISTOGOVARUS1:03.74
FinishRUSEkaterina POISTOGOVARUS(1:00.30)2:04.04

 

15:03 – 1500 METRES – WomenOFFICIAL RESULTS
1GERCorinna HARRER4:22.10SB5
2RUSKristina KHALEEVA4:22.93SB4
3USASara VAUGHN4:23.41SB3
4GBRLaura MUIR4:24.40SB2
5COMNancy CHEPKWEMOIKEN4:27.20PB1
Split Times
400COMNancy CHEPKWEMOIKEN1:14.77
800COMNancy CHEPKWEMOIKEN(1:16.08)2:30.85
1200GERCorinna HARRERGER(1:05.16)3:36.01
FinishGERCorinna HARRERGER(46.09)4:22.10