February 21, 2013
More over Bernard Lagat.
In Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday night, Galen Rupp ran to a convincing win in the men’s 3000m in 7:30.16 and in the process crushed Bernard Lagat’s American record of 7:32.43 from 2007. Caleb Ndiku, the former world junior 1500m and cross-country champion, was second in an indoor personal best of 7:31.66. Abelaati Iguider, the Olympic 1500m bronze medallist, was a well beaten third in a personal best of 7:34.92.
Rupp just missed being the seventh person ever indoors under the magical 7:30 barrier.
Rupp’s time is the #2 ever, indoor or out, by an American, ahead of Bob Kennedy’s 7:30.84 but behind Lagat’s 7:29.00.
Lagat on Saturday had retaken the American record at 2 miles back from Rupp to hold concurrently the American records at 1500m, the mile, 3000m, the two-mile, and the 5000m – an impressive feat that only lasted four days.
In addition to getting the American record, Rupp got the win, his first in a European race of note.
LRC Quick Take (QT) #1: The American record and the win! This is how American records should be set in Europe.
QT #2: Rupp’s remarkable improvement continues as he keeps getting faster and faster, or stronger and stronger. Remember, it was less than 4 years ago that Rupp broke 4 minutes for the mile for the first time (On March 7, 2009 Rupp ran 3:57.86 for his first ever sub-4 mile or 1,500 equivalent). Now he’s not quite able to do it for 2 miles, but he’s very close to sub 60 for 8 straight laps outdoors.
|Men 3000 m|
|1||Galen Rupp||86||USA||7:30.16||WL MR PB|
|2||Caleb Ndiku||92||KEN||7:31.66||WL PB|
|4||Paul Kipsiele Koech||81||KEN||7:38.35||SB|
|10||Nacerddine Hallil||88||ALG, Hässelby SK||7:52.07||PB|
|12||Olle Walleräng||85||SWE, Spårvägens FK||8:05.98|
|13||Johan Hydén||89||SWE, Hammarby IF||8:09.23|
|Benson Seurei (pace)||88||KEN||DNF|
|Vincent Rono (pace)||90||KEN||DNF|
Women’s 1500m: Aregawi Just Misses Women’s World Record
Abeba Aregawi, the new Swedish citizen via Ethiopia, nearly got the world record here before the home crowd.
In her first race of the year, Aregawi ran 3:58.40, the #2 time ever and just off of Yelena Soboleva‘s 3:58.28 world record. Soboleva was a drug cheat so assuming Aregawi is clean, this would be the fastest time by a clean athlete.
LRC QT: Aregawi started off 2013 just like she did 2012, red-hot. Last year, she didn’t run indoors, but opened up with a 3:59 in race #1 and a 3:56.54 in race #2 outdoors.
|Women 1500 m|
|1||Abeba Aregawi||90||SWE, Hammarby IF||3:58.40||WL MR NR|
|8||Charlotte Schönbeck||84||SWE, IFK Lidingö||4:16.12||SB|
|9||Kristine Eikrem Engeset||88||NOR||4:17.99||SB|
|11||Lovisa Lindh||91||SWE, Ullevi FK||4:32.87|
|Lydia Wafula (pace)||88||KEN||DNF|
Women’s 3000m Dibaba Smokes a 8:26.
(Dibaba’s time was 8:26.57 until 2/23 when it was corrected to 8:26.57 by the IAAF)
Genzebe’s Dibaba’s 8:26.95 dominant victory in the 3000m was very impressive. That makes her the fourth fastest of all-time. She won by over 20 seconds.
LRC QT: Dibaba ran a 4:00.83 1,500 last weekend. It’s a shame she wasn’t racing Aregawi in the 1,500 or the World Record might have fallen.
|Women 3000 m|
|1||Genzebe Dibaba||91||ETH||8:26.95||MR PB WL|
|7||Gete Dima (pace)||92||ETH||9:00.88|
|9||Charlotta Fougberg||85||SWE, Ullevi FK||9:07.94||PB|
|Renata Plis (pace)||99||POL||DNF|
Men’s 800m: World Leader by Aman
Mohammed Aman is the only guy to beat David Rudisha in the last few years, so we know he is talented. He showed that with a 1:45.05 world leading win here.
LRC QT: The showdown with Abubaker Kaki did not materialize as the two-time world indoor champ Kaki was not a factor. Kaki had run pretty well – 1:46.57 in his opener last weekend – in a race where he should have won but was tripped at the finish line. Maybe he was injured in the fall?
|Men 800 m A-final|
|1||Mohammed Aman||94||ETH||1:45.05||WL PB|
|5||Johan Rogestedt||93||SWE, F Stenungsunds FI||1:48.51||PB|
|Matt Scherer (pace)||83||USA||DNF|
Men’s 1000m: Crazy World Record Talk Was Nuts, American Record Doesn’t Fall Either
Talk of possible World and American records in the 1000m proved to be way off based in this one. 20-year old Ayanleh Souleiman, who ran 3:30 last year, got the win in 2:17.05. American Matt Centrowitz ran 2:19.56 well off of the American record of 2:17.86.
LRC QT: Centro’s struggle here likely makes Robby Andrews fill a bit better about himself. Andrews, who is trying to transition from the 800 to the 1500/mile but has looked awful so far in two different miles races, ran 2:17.9 in the 1000 earlier this year. Centro’s time today makes that seem a bit more impressive.
|Men 1000 m|
|8||Lotfi Chebli||88||ALG, Hässelby SK||2:21.91|
|Ismael Kombich (pace)||85||KEN||DNF|
|Reuben Bett (pace)||84||KEN||DNF|