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 – Men OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 USA Duane SOLOMON 1:15.70 (23.50, 48.84)
NR 5
2 COM Dai GREENE GBR 1:16.22 NR 4
3 GBR Andrew OSAGIE 1:16.45 PB 3
4 GER Andreas LANGE 1:16.76 PB 2
5 RUS Ivan TUKHTACHEV 1:17.68 SB 1
14:51 – 1500 METRES – Men OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 COM Bethwel BIRGEN KEN 3:38.37 SB 5
2 GER Florian ORTH 3:40.03 PB 4
3 USA Matthew CENTROWITZ 3:40.27 SB 3
4 RUS Pavel KHVOROSTUKHIN 3:44.85 PB 2
5 GBR Charlie GRICE 3:45.05 PB 1
Split Times
400 USA Matthew CENTROWITZ USA 57.73
800 COM Bethwel BIRGEN KEN (1:00.18) 1:57.91
1200 COM Bethwel BIRGEN KEN (58.73) 2:56.64
Finish COM Bethwel BIRGEN KEN (41.73) 3:38.37

15:38 – 3000 METRES – Men OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 USA Bernard LAGAT 7:53.36 SB 5
2 COM Augustine CHOGE KEN 7:54.68 SB 4
3 RUS Egor NIKOLAEV 7:55.25 3
4 GBR Andy VERNON 8:00.80 SB 2
5 GER Nico SONNENBERG 8:13.98 PB 1
Split Times
1000 GBR Andy VERNON GBR 2:45.88
2000 RUS Egor NIKOLAEV RUS (2:38.20) 5:24.08
Finish USA Bernard LAGAT USA (2:29.28) 7:53.36

14:01 – 800 METRES – Women OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 RUS Ekaterina POISTOGOVA 2:04.04 5
2 USA Geena GALL 2:04.78 SB 4
3 GER Sonja MOSLER 2:05.13 PB 3
4 GBR Lynsey SHARP 2:05.23 PB 2
5 COM Winny CHEBET KEN 2:06.83 SB 1
Split Times
400 RUS Ekaterina POISTOGOVA RUS 1:03.74
Finish RUS Ekaterina POISTOGOVA RUS (1:00.30) 2:04.04

 

15:03 – 1500 METRES – Women OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 GER Corinna HARRER 4:22.10 SB 5
2 RUS Kristina KHALEEVA 4:22.93 SB 4
3 USA Sara VAUGHN 4:23.41 SB 3
4 GBR Laura MUIR 4:24.40 SB 2
5 COM Nancy CHEPKWEMOI KEN 4:27.20 PB 1
Split Times
400 COM Nancy CHEPKWEMOI KEN 1:14.77
800 COM Nancy CHEPKWEMOI KEN (1:16.08) 2:30.85
1200 GER Corinna HARRER GER (1:05.16) 3:36.01
Finish GER Corinna HARRER GER (46.09) 4:22.10