5000m Video Interviews: Bernard Lagat, Hassan Mead, Paul Chelimo, Eric Jenkins, Ben True, Ryan Hill, Galen Rupp, and Brian Shrader

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July 9, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Below are video interviews from the top men in the 5000m final at the Olympic Trials: Bernard Lagat, Hassan Mead, Paul Chelimo, Eric Jenkins, Ben True, Ryan Hill, Galen Rupp, and Brian Shrader. (Video of final lap here). LRC race recap here.

Bernard Lagat

2nd place Hassan Mead

3rd Place Paul Chelimo

4th Place Eric Jenkins

5th Place Ben True

6th Place Ryan Hill

9th Place Galen Rupp

14th Brian Shrader

Lagat-wins-2016The temperature at race time was 70 degrees, with a mix of clouds and sun to along with a slight breeze.  The pleasant conditions in no way foretold the turbulent and unpredictable nature of the strategic decisions to come.

Despite the nice conditions (the wind had died as the race started) the early pace was VERY slow.  William Kincaid and Paul Chelimo brought the pack through 400 in 72.9.

As they crossed in front of the homestretch the second time there were even a few scattered boos from the crowd.

A 74.7 second lap was even slower and at 1000 (3:05.34) Brian Shrader broke away with a big surge, running his next 400 in 59.83.  Only Kincaid went with him and the two (the only two in the race without the Olympic A standard) had a 50 meter lead at 1200.  Since neither had a realistic chance to make the standard after the slow first 1000, the main pack seemed content to let them go and contend amongst themselves for the three spots on Team USA.

Shrader and Kincaid hit 1600 in 4:35.9 and were working together, trading the lead, as the pack  (led by Chelimo and 10K team member Shadrak Kipchirchir) remained 50 meters behind.  63.89, 65.03, and 65.01 laps by Shrader and Kincaid kept the pressure on as the duo maintained a healthy margin.  At 2800, Chelimo threw in a surge to catch back up, even as the main pack took a more gradual approach to regain contact.  After settling in for half a lap behind Shrader and Kincaid, Chelimo briefly took the lead just after 3200 meters (8:58).  His move to the lead enticed Galen Rupp to bring the main pack back into contention.  After a 62.86 lap heading into 3400, Rupp then took the lead with 1500 to go and ran 61.64, gapping the field the process.  Would the winner of the last 8 USA 10,000 titles and the 2012 Trials 5K champ run away with it from the front?

Bernard Lagat, who almost followed Rupp’s move, elected to let Rupp pull away and settled into the pack, as Rupp followed up the 61 second lap with a 62.89 which gave him a 3.39 second lead.  Perhaps knowing that Rupp might pass on a spot on the team and stick with the 10K/marathon double, the pack had allowed him to extend his lead to 20 +meters with 800 to go.  

Running 63.89 to head into the bell, Rupp still had a 2.17 second lead but there were signs of trouble.  Running all alone, the pack was massing behind him, preparing to hunt him down.  And with 300 to go, the defending Trials champion was passed as if he was standing still.  

Chelimo, second at the bell, exploded to the lead with 200 to go and heading into the Bowerman Curve, he appeared to be headed to victory.  But had Chelimo gone too early?

He had, as Lagat stormed by him with 75 meters to go, closing his final 200 in 25.2 and his final 400 in a scintillating 52.82 to win in 13:35.50, claiming his 8th USA outdoor 5K crown and second US Olympic Trials 5K title (2008).  It was also Lagat’s third title in four years and fifth in seven years.

Hassan Mead, following on Lagat’s heals over the final 200, also closed very well (53.18) to place second in 13.35.70.  Chelimo may not have timed his kick well enough for the win, but it was enough to hold on for third and a spot in Rio, as he crossed the line in 13:35.92, just barely holding off a spirited late charge from Eric Jenkins (who had the third fastest last lap but left things just a heartbeat too late).  Jenkins was but .06 behind Chelimo in fourth.  

Ben True was fifth in 13:36.40, while Ryan Hill was sixth in 13:38.60.  True closed well (53.95) but may regret later not making things more honest early on, given the good conditions.  

Kipchirchir (7th, 13:39.79) and Kincaid (8th, 13:39.96) finished next while Rupp could only manage 60.92 on his final lap and was ninth in 13:41.09.  Lopez Lomong rounded out the top ten, over ten seconds back in 13:51.19.

1

Bernard Lagat

Nike

13:35.50

36.24

Pl: 8

1:51.77

1:15.53

Pl: 8

3:06.14

1:14.38

Pl: 9

4:10.51

1:04.37

Pl: 12

5:14.70

1:04.19

Pl: 9

6:19.89

1:05.20

Pl: 8

7:24.34

1:04.46

Pl: 8

8:29.07

1:04.73

Pl: 8

9:32.17

1:03.11

Pl: 6

10:34.63

1:02.46

Pl: 6

11:39.98

1:05.35

Pl: 7

12:42.68

1:02.71

Pl: 6

13:35.50

52.82

Pl: 1

16
2

Hassan Mead

Nike OTC / NIKE OTCE

13:35.70

35.91

Pl: 4

1:51.33

1:15.43

Pl: 5

3:05.63

1:14.30

Pl: 3

4:09.85

1:04.22

Pl: 5

5:14.39

1:04.55

Pl: 6

6:19.72

1:05.33

Pl: 6

7:23.98

1:04.27

Pl: 6

8:28.72

1:04.74

Pl: 5

9:31.96

1:03.25

Pl: 5

10:34.47

1:02.52

Pl: 4

11:39.86

1:05.39

Pl: 5

12:42.53

1:02.67

Pl: 4

13:35.70

53.18

Pl: 2

12
3

Paul Chelimo

U.S. Army

13:35.92

35.71

Pl: 2

1:51.05

1:15.34

Pl: 2

3:05.44

1:14.40

Pl: 2

4:09.65

1:04.21

Pl: 4

5:13.72

1:04.07

Pl: 3

6:19.40

1:05.68

Pl: 3

7:23.55

1:04.16

Pl: 4

8:26.00

1:02.45

Pl: 3

9:31.33

1:05.34

Pl: 2

10:34.29

1:02.96

Pl: 2

11:39.76

1:05.48

Pl: 4

12:42.34

1:02.58

Pl: 2

13:35.92

53.59

Pl: 3

14
4

Eric Jenkins

Nike Oregon Project

13:35.98

36.04

Pl: 5

1:51.52

1:15.48

Pl: 6

3:06.00

1:14.48

Pl: 7

4:10.87

1:04.87

Pl: 14

5:15.11

1:04.24

Pl: 12

6:20.32

1:05.22

Pl: 11

7:24.95

1:04.63

Pl: 11

8:29.47

1:04.53

Pl: 11

9:32.87

1:03.40

Pl: 11

10:34.71

1:01.85

Pl: 7

11:40.11

1:05.41

Pl: 8

12:42.58

1:02.47

Pl: 5

13:35.98

53.41

Pl: 4

4
5

Ben True

Saucony

13:36.40

36.32

Pl: 10

1:51.96

1:15.65

Pl: 11

3:06.26

1:14.30

Pl: 10

4:10.18

1:03.92

Pl: 8

5:14.89

1:04.71

Pl: 10

6:20.12

1:05.23

Pl: 10

7:24.48

1:04.37

Pl: 9

8:29.20

1:04.73

Pl: 9

9:32.59

1:03.40

Pl: 10

10:34.51

1:01.92

Pl: 5

11:39.70

1:05.20

Pl: 3

12:42.45

1:02.75

Pl: 3

13:36.40

53.95

Pl: 5

9
6

Ryan Hill

Nike Bowerman TC

13:38.36

36.58

Pl: 13

1:52.19

1:15.61

Pl: 13

3:06.73

1:14.55

Pl: 15

4:10.72

1:03.99

Pl: 13

5:15.01

1:04.30

Pl: 11

6:20.59

1:05.58

Pl: 13

7:25.42

1:04.84

Pl: 13

8:29.71

1:04.29

Pl: 13

9:32.35

1:02.64

Pl: 7

10:34.35

1:02.01

Pl: 3

11:39.69

1:05.34

Pl: 2

12:42.87

1:03.19

Pl: 7

13:38.36

55.49

Pl: 6

8
7

Shadrack Kipchirchir

U.S. Army

13:39.79

36.31

Pl: 9

1:51.79

1:15.48

Pl: 9

3:06.07

1:14.29

Pl: 8

4:09.50

1:03.43

Pl: 3

5:14.01

1:04.52

Pl: 4

6:19.49

1:05.48

Pl: 4

7:23.35

1:03.87

Pl: 3

8:28.87

1:05.52

Pl: 6

9:32.40

1:03.53

Pl: 8

10:34.77

1:02.38

Pl: 8

11:40.31

1:05.55

Pl: 10

12:43.08

1:02.77

Pl: 8

13:39.79

56.72

Pl: 7

3
8

William Kincaid

Portland

13:39.96

35.65

Pl: 1

1:51.00

1:15.35

Pl: 1

3:05.68

1:14.68

Pl: 4

4:05.37

59.70

Pl: 2

5:09.12

1:03.76

Pl: 2

6:14.30

1:05.18

Pl: 2

7:19.31

1:05.01

Pl: 2

8:25.89

1:06.59

Pl: 2

9:31.47

1:05.58

Pl: 3

10:34.87

1:03.41

Pl: 9

11:40.23

1:05.36

Pl: 9

12:43.56

1:03.34

Pl: 10

13:39.96

56.40

Pl: 8

1
9

Galen Rupp

Nike Oregon Project

13:41.09

36.75

Pl: 15

1:52.32

1:15.57

Pl: 14

3:06.66

1:14.35

Pl: 14

4:09.95

1:03.29

Pl: 6

5:14.20

1:04.26

Pl: 5

6:19.84

1:05.64

Pl: 7

7:24.20

1:04.36

Pl: 7

8:28.93

1:04.74

Pl: 7

9:31.79

1:02.86

Pl: 4

10:33.42

1:01.64

Pl: 1

11:36.30

1:02.89

Pl: 1

12:40.17

1:03.87

Pl: 1

13:41.09

1:00.92

Pl: 9

11
10

Lopez Lomong

Nike Bowerman TC

13:51.19

36.49

Pl: 12

1:52.12

1:15.63

Pl: 12

3:06.40

1:14.29

Pl: 12

4:10.31

1:03.91

Pl: 9

5:14.49

1:04.19

Pl: 7

6:19.65

1:05.16

Pl: 5

7:23.80

1:04.15

Pl: 5

8:28.62

1:04.83

Pl: 4

9:32.55

1:03.94

Pl: 9

10:34.96

1:02.42

Pl: 10

11:39.92

1:04.96

Pl: 6

12:43.31

1:03.40

Pl: 9

13:51.19

1:07.88

Pl: 10

13
11

Diego Estrada

ASICS

13:52.08

36.86

Pl: 16

1:52.50

1:15.64

Pl: 16

3:06.51

1:14.02

Pl: 13

4:11.09

1:04.59

Pl: 15

5:15.45

1:04.36

Pl: 15

6:20.81

1:05.36

Pl: 15

7:25.79

1:04.99

Pl: 15

8:29.99

1:04.20

Pl: 14

9:34.42

1:04.44

Pl: 14

10:38.93

1:04.51

Pl: 14

11:44.42

1:05.49

Pl: 14

12:49.05

1:04.64

Pl: 13

13:52.08

1:03.03

Pl: 11

2
12

Jeff See

ASICS FURMAN ELITE

13:53.26

36.09

Pl: 7

1:51.55

1:15.47

Pl: 7

3:05.85

1:14.30

Pl: 6

4:10.02

1:04.18

Pl: 7

5:14.55

1:04.53

Pl: 8

6:20.09

1:05.54

Pl: 9

7:24.71

1:04.63

Pl: 10

8:29.34

1:04.64

Pl: 10

9:33.07

1:03.74

Pl: 12

10:35.38

1:02.32

Pl: 11

11:40.85

1:05.47

Pl: 12

12:45.89

1:05.05

Pl: 12

13:53.26

1:07.37

Pl: 12

6
13

Garrett Heath

Brooks / BROOKS Beasts TC

13:55.58

35.86

Pl: 3

1:51.26

1:15.40

Pl: 4

3:05.82

1:14.56

Pl: 5

4:10.34

1:04.53

Pl: 10

5:15.14

1:04.80

Pl: 13

6:20.37

1:05.24

Pl: 12

7:25.15

1:04.79

Pl: 12

8:29.59

1:04.44

Pl: 12

9:33.11

1:03.52

Pl: 13

10:35.41

1:02.31

Pl: 12

11:40.50

1:05.10

Pl: 11

12:44.95

1:04.46

Pl: 11

13:55.58

1:10.63

Pl: 13

5
14

Brian Shrader

Saucony

13:58.48

36.08

Pl: 6

1:51.18

1:15.10

Pl: 3

3:05.34

1:14.17

Pl: 1

4:05.17

59.83

Pl: 1

5:09.05

1:03.89

Pl: 1

6:14.07

1:05.03

Pl: 1

7:19.08

1:05.01

Pl: 1

8:25.73

1:06.65

Pl: 1

9:31.12

1:05.39

Pl: 1

10:36.78

1:05.67

Pl: 13

11:43.86

1:07.08

Pl: 13

12:51.13

1:07.28

Pl: 14

13:58.48

1:07.35

Pl: 14

7
15

Sean McGorty

Stanford

14:03.99

36.34

Pl: 11

1:51.94

1:15.60

Pl: 10

3:06.34

1:14.40

Pl: 11

4:10.46

1:04.12

Pl: 11

5:15.23

1:04.78

Pl: 14

6:20.73

1:05.50

Pl: 14

7:25.67

1:04.94

Pl: 14

8:30.30

1:04.63

Pl: 15

9:35.75

1:05.46

Pl: 15

10:42.17

1:06.42

Pl: 15

11:49.92

1:07.75

Pl: 15

12:57.81

1:07.90

Pl: 15

14:03.99

1:06.18

Pl: 15

15
16

Riley Masters

Brooks / BROOKS Beasts TC

14:18.49

36.64

Pl: 14

1:52.40

1:15.77

Pl: 15

3:06.89

1:14.49

Pl: 16

4:12.49

1:05.61

Pl: 16

5:16.69

1:04.20

Pl: 16

6:20.99

1:04.30

Pl: 16

7:26.10

1:05.11

Pl: 16

8:30.97

1:04.87

Pl: 16

9:36.40

1:05.44

Pl: 16

10:43.73

1:07.34

Pl: 16

11:53.04

1:09.32

Pl: 16

13:04.53

1:11.49

Pl: 16

14:18.49

1:13.96

Pl: 16

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Video Interviews:

Bernard Lagat

2nd place Hassan Mead

3rd Place Paul Chelimo

4th Place Eric Jenkins

5th Place Ben True

6th Place Ryan Hill

9th Place Galen Rupp

14th Brian Shrader

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