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Day 1 Recap of USATFs: Shalane Flanagan Runs Away and Steals Women's 5000m, Abdi Abdirahman Wins Thrilling Stretch Battle over Meb Keflezighi
The women's 5000m and men's 10,000m were the two track finals on Thursday night and each event had its own drama. The women's race was on paper a supercompetitive affair with 4 or 5 women expected to be battling it out up front for the win. However, Shalane Flanagan, broke clear of the field a mile into the race and the pack decided not to chase after her. Flanagan lengthened her lead to ten seconds and would hold on to win first USATF outdoor track title. (Full Race recaps below)
On the men's side, Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi shadowed each other single file for 24 laps of the men's 10,000m and then had a tremendous sprint finish down the homestretch, with never more than a foot separating them the entire final 100m. Keflezighi edged ahead of Abdi with about 60 meters to go, but Abdi nudged back ahead before the finish and got the narrowest of wins. Detailed race by race recaps below, with splits and quotes.
Other recaps below for all the distance prelims on Thursday (800m men's round 1-no surprises, 1500 m men's round 1-David Krummenacker ran round 1 and did not advance but makes himself eligible to possible run this event at worlds, 1500 m women's- Shayne Culpepper and Carrie Tollefson did not advance to the final after the tried to qualify less than an hour after their disappointing 5000m, and steeplechase round 1-no real surprises).
Event by Event Recaps below
After a relatively slow opening mile (4:55), Flanagan moved to the front and begin reeling off 72 and 73 second laps. Her lead at first was not too big, just 3-5 meters by 2000m, but by the next lap none of the girls in the pack went with her and the lead was 10 meters. Shayne Culpepper, Lauren Fleshman, Amy Rudolph, and Carrie Tollefson, the leading contenders in the chase pack, faced a decision whether to push after Flanagan or play it safer and kick for the World Championship places (top 3) on the line. They decided to play it safe and slowly Flanagan lengthened her lead (3k in 9:09.3, 4k 12:12.3) and by 4k she was about ten and a half seconds in the lead.
The victory seemed pretty safe for Flanagan at this point and the question was who from the chase pack of 8 would remain for the final 2 world championship spots. Lauren Fleshman and Amy Rudolph pushed the pace the best over the final 800m and although they would close on Flanagan, her victory (15:10.96) was never in doubt. In the end, Fleshman was strongest on the final lap, and was a clear second (15:16.80) to Rudolph's 3rd (15:18.92). The biggest surprise was pre-race favorite, Shayne Culpepper, getting dropped when Fleshman and Rudolph dropped the hammer over the final 800m. She would finish a distant 4th in 15:23.31. Lauren Fleshman still needs to attain the World Championship qualifying standard (15:08.7), otherwise Culpepper will get her spot on the team. Fleshman indicated her first race to try and get the standard would likely be July 8th in Rome.
Culpepper left the mixed zone in tears and tried to run the 1500m trials thirty minutes later, but failed to advance to the final (see below recap of that race)
On whether running in spikes might have aggravated her foot injury (tendonitis under her navicular bone): "I'm definitely going to have to take care of it any time I wear spikes or get up on my toes, but it's been manageable with icing and therapy."
Lauren Fleshman, 2nd place, and visibly excited about her run:
Amy Rudolph: On whether she's a 5k or 10k runner (she became the #2 American at 10k this year): "This year, I'm a 5,000m runner... I've yet to win an outdoor title, I guess that's the next thing."
On whether she thought of going with Flanagan once she got a lead a mile into the race: "My initial reaction was to cover it (the move), but then I decided to be smart and run with the pack and fight it out with everyone else for second and third. We were gaining on her (at the end), another couple laps and we might have had her but it was a gutsy run and my hat is off to her."
1 Shalane Flanagan Nike 15:10.96 2 Lauren Fleshman Nike 15:16.80 3 Amy Rudolph adidas 15:18.92 4 Shayne Culpepper Nike 15:23.31 5 Carrie Tollefson adidas 15:24.13 6 Sara Bei Unattached/Asics 15:24.74 7 Amy Begley adidas 15:24.88 8 Sara Gorton Colorado 15:32.05 9 Nicole Aish Nike 15:33.17 10 Renee Metivier Nike 15:40.56 11 Kara Goucher Nike 15:41.27 12 Melissa Buttry Reebok 16:07.89 13 Julia Lucas North Carolina St. 16:14.04 14 Sharon Dickie Nike 16:18.17 15 Katherine Newberry Unattached 16:27.61
As expected this race, which lacked some of the depth its had up front the last few years, was a two man affair. Abdi and Meb began to pull away from the field by 1000m and would remain on each other's heels or side by side the rest of the way. They reached 5000m in 14:01 and would slow slightly the final 5000m as the pace slackened a bit in the final mile as both runners decided to let it come down to a final kick. Abdi did make a brief surge with 1000m to go to see if Meb would go with him, but Meb quickly covered the move, and before you knew it Abdi had quickly slowed things back down.
With 400m to go Abdi was in the lead with Meb right on his heels. As the pace quickened they stayed exactly the same on the back stretch, where Abdi looked over his shoulder to see Meb still right on his heels. As they hit the home stretch, the furious dash for home was on. Meb pulled up side by side to Abdi and even lurched slightly ahead approximately 60 meters from the finish. Abdi was not done yet and slowly fought back on Meb as they were virtually side by side the entire home stretch. Abdi running on the inside in lane one got back ahead by the width of his body and was able to hold Meb off at the finish getting the win in 28:10.38 to Meb's 28:10.57. Abdi threw his hands in the air in celebration and then took a victory lap before the appreciative fans in one of the official's straw hat.
Chris Graff had been the only athlete to try and stay with Meb and Abdi, and he was swallowed by the chase pack that included every athlete left in the race except for 3 stragglers by 5000m. The pack began to really up the tempo over the final kilometer and actually made up some ground on Abdi and Meb who were a half a lap ahead and preparing to duke it out over the final 400m. With 600 to go James Carney unleashed a furious move that sent the pack sprinting like mad for home. Matt Downin in the end would come back and pass Carney for 3rd while Carney would hold on for 4th. Fans in the stands around us were going nuts for Downin saying, "He's going to Worlds, He's going to Worlds" but in reality Downin and every other athlete in the field behind the first two is faced with hitting the daunting world championship qualifying standard (27:49) to go to Worlds.
After the race both Abdi and Meb said they felt good during the race and liked their chances in a race.
Meb's quotes: "I thought I would outkick Abdi but at the end of the day he won it, but we're good friends, we warm up together, we talk about the race, and I'm just delighted we're both going (to Worlds). Someone told me Matt Downin got third, I'm very delighted to hear that....I felt fine (during the race). It's just I thought I could pull it off at the end. It (the last 100m) kind of reminded me of Sydney when it was Haile and Tergat (neck and neck down the straight for the Gold) but that's a different level."
Abdi: "I was so comfortable (during the race). I 've never felt that good in a 10,000 in a long time. I thought we were going to run a lot faster than 28:10 (heading into the race), but we were just running to make the team because I didn't want to push the pace. I was just feeling comfortable, just run a good pace, and just wait until the last 400."
Abdi on making a very brief surge with 1000m to go: "I just wanted to see what would happen .He responded a little bit, and I just said 'you know lets just make it a 400m race'... I was going to wait until the last 50 meters (to really go). When he passed me I just changed gears. The good thing I did was when he came next to me, I didn't wait, I kept on going to the finish. I didn't get shocked or anything (by Meb coming up on him).
1 Abdi Abdirahman Nike 28:10.38 2 Meb Keflezighi Nike 28:10.57 3 Matthew Downin New Balance 28:34.65 4 James Carney Big Sur DP 28:35.95 5 Bret Schoolmeester Colorado 28:37.56 6 Joe Driscoll Zap Fitness 28:37.97 7 Patrick Gildea New York Ath 28:39.49 8 Chris Graff Asics 28:41.32 9 Ryan Kirkpatrick Unattached 28:43.44 10 Matthew Lane Nike 28:44.65 11 Steve Sundell Nike Farm Team 28:45.01 12 Edwardo Torres Reebok 28:46.67 13 Josh Eberly Hansons Odp 28:50.07 14 Jason Hubbard Unattached 28:57.77 15 Ryan Sheehan St. Francis 29:38.22 16 Luke Humphrey Hansons Odp 29:38.98 17 Sergio Reyes Aggie Running Club 29:45.33 -- Mike Donnelly Nike DNF
Men's 1500m Round 1 Top 2 Each Heat plus Next 6 Best Times to Final
1 Alan Webb Nike 3:44.32Q 2 Sean Jefferson Indiana 3:44.40Q 3 Zachary Griffin Nike Farm Team 3:44.89 4 Luke Watson adidas 3:45.37 5 Ryan Ponsonby Unattached 3:45.47 6 Bryan Lindsay New Balance 3:46.15 7 Sean O'Brien Nike Farm Team 3:46.99 8 Michael McGrath Unattached 3:47.08 9 Raymond Weeden Unattached 3:48.31 10 Adam Perkins Arkansas 3:49.10
1 Rob Myers Reebok 3:38.96Q 2 Charlie Gruber Nike 3:39.41Q 3 Jon Rankin Unattached 3:39.71q 4 Jason Jabaut Nike Farm Team 3:40.59q 5 Daniel Wilson Asics 3:41.01q 6 Sean Duffy American U. 3:41.38q 7 Grant Robison Reebok 3:42.96 8 Hunter Spencer Indiana Invaders 3:47.16 9 Kalpanatit Broderick Unattached 3:47.35 -- Thomas Brooks Unattached DNS
Krummenacker's lack of punch made sense after the race when he indicated that he only ran the race so he could keep open the 1500m as a possibility at the World Championships at the end of the season. By running the prelims, Krummenacker left open the option of going to Worlds in the1500m, if he hits the World Champs qualifying standard and 3 athletes in the final of the 1500m do not hit the standard (editor's note: we believe 2 currently have it). As Krummenacker said, "Right now 2 guys have the standard (3:36.2), and if no one else gets it, it leaves that option later in the summer (to run the 1500 at world championships).' Krummenacker said he is excited about his prospects in the 800 and also is returning to training more like he did in 2002 when he did "longer strength work" and set his prs (3:31.93 for 1500m and 1:43.92). "My training has been going really well. I'm excited about that (the 800m at USAs). Last year I put everything into the 800 and it didn't work out, so this year I've gone back to the exact program I was doing in 2002, and that year I was able to run the 1500 and 800 really well."
1 Jason Lunn Nike 3:40.78Q 2 Christopher Lukezic Georgetown 3:40.82Q 3 Scott McGowan New Balance 3:41.09q 4 Christopher Estwanik Nike Farm Team 3:41.29q 5 Josh Spiker Unattached 3:42.23 6 Matthew Groose Wisconsin Ru 3:43.21 7 Russell Brown Stanford 3:44.35 8 Shane Stroup Florida 3:44.88 9 John Jefferson Indiana 3:47.31 10 David Krummenacker adidas 3:48.69 11 Joaquin Chapa Stanford 3:49.83
Women's 1500m Top 4 in each heat plus next 4 times advance
1 Treniere Clement Nike 4:13.95Q 2 Christin Wurth Nike 4:14.14Q 3 Lindsey Gallo Unattached 4:14.34Q 4 Jenelle Deatherage Reebok 4:14.74Q 5 Anne Shadle Reebok 4:14.86q 6 Bethany Brewster Wisconsin Ru 4:14.89q 7 Erin Donohue North Carolina 4:15.02q 8 Elizabeth Woodworth Wisconsin Ru 4:16.86 9 Carrie Tollefson adidas 4:28.68
1 Sarah Schwald Nike 4:13.25Q 2 Jennifer Toomey Nike 4:13.26Q 3 Amy Mortimer Reebok 4:13.83Q 4 Tiffany McWilliams adidas 4:15.02Q 5 Arianna Lambie Stanford 4:15.18q 6 Heather Sagan adidas 4:18.79 7 Shayne Culpepper Nike 4:20.15 8 Amanda Chase Zap Fitness 4:30.83 -- Sara Bei Asics DNS -- Mary Jayne Harrelson Nike DNS
Men's 800 Round 1 of 3 Top 3 Each Heat plus Next 6 Best Times to Semi
1 Kevin Hicks Florida A&M 1:50.66Q 2 Courtney Jaworski Unattached 1:50.71Q 3 Elliott Blount Nike Farm Team 1:50.75Q 4 Joel Legare Connecticut 1:50.78q 5 Joel Williams Unattached 1:50.93q 6 Mike Inge Kent St. 1:51.22
1 Samuel Burley Asics 1:50.41Q 2 Jonathan Johnson Unattached 1:50.44Q 3 Richard Smith Nike 1:50.60Q 4 Jacob Koczman Indiana Invaders 1:50.95 5 Neville Miller Missouri 1:51.28 6 Ryan Kleimenhagen Unattached 1:52.22 -- James Hatch Unattached DNS
1 Derrick Peterson adidas 1:50.46Q 2 Jebreh Harris Unattached 1:50.55Q 3 David Krummenacker adidas 1:50.58Q 4 Zachary Glavash Illinois 1:50.81q 5 Raphael Asafo-agyei Unattached 1:51.02 6 Marcus Mayes Missouri 1:51.64
1 Duane Solomon Unattached 1:48.90Q 2 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:48.91Q 3 Christian Smith Kansas St. 1:49.06Q 4 Timothy Dunne New York Ath 1:49.61q 5 Jeremy Mims Kansas 1:50.18q 6 Jeffrey Fisher L S U 1:50.35q
Men's Steeple Chase Top 4 Each Heat plus Next 6 Best Times to Final
1 Daniel Lincoln Nike 8:35.32Q 2 Steve Slattery Nike 8:36.90Q 3 Joshua McAdams B Y U 8:37.15Q 4 Max King Team XO 8:37.27Q 5 Andy Smith North Carolina St. 8:38.47q 6 Lucas Meyer Yale 8:40.26q 7 Jordan Fife Indiana State 8:47.42q 8 Thomas Brooks Unattached 8:50.19 9 Benjamin Bruce Unattached 8:52.34 10 Brett Holts Oregon 8:52.92 -- Jordan Desilets Reebok DNS
1 Anthony Famiglietti adidas 8:36.64Q 2 Brian Olinger Ohio State 8:37.05Q 3 Robert Gary Reebok 8:39.05Q 4 Aaron Fisher Ohio State 8:45.15Q 5 Tom Burns Indiana 8:45.90q 6 Isaiah Festa Wisconsin Ru 8:46.50q 7 David Vidal Stanford 8:47.66q 8 Lyle Weese Unattached 8:47.81 9 Ryan Warrenburg Arizona State 8:50.25 -- Michael Spence Unattached DNF -- Jacques Sallberg Run With Us DNS*Full Results for all Events
*Preview of Friday's Day 2 Action (Men's 5000m Final, Women's 10,000m Final)
*Live Recap of Women's 10k and Men's 5000
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