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LetsRun.com Recaps 2007 KBC Night of Athletics: Alan Webb Runs Huge Pr of 1:43.84, Lisa Galaviz Sets American Steeple Record
by: LetsRun.com
July 28, 2007

This meet had a great amount of interesting distance action particularly from the American perspective. A lot of America's finest distance runners were in town and a number of them left with huge personal bests and one even left with an American Record. But once again the American garnering the most attention and turning the most heads was Alan Webb.

Men's 800 - Alan Webb 1:43.84!!!
Alan Webb's sensational 2007 just got a little more sensational.  Coming into the year, the knock on Webb was that he didn't have enough speed to be world-class at the mile (most likely these critics didn't realize that the greatest miler of all-time Hicham El Guerrouj had an 800 pr of 1:47.18) and needed to consider moving up to the 5k, particularly after he showed amazing strength in his 27:34 10k debut last year. After tonight's race, even the harshest of critics will say Webb has plenty of speed or the mile.

The race got underway and it was clear from the get-go that Webb was here with his A game and he'd come to do one thing - run fast.  The pacemaker, Kenya's Ruto Nahashon did a nice job tonight of running fast but keeping things smooth. 200 meters into the race, Webb was in 2nd with Canada's Gary Reed behind him. At 400 (49.72 for the pacemaker), the top 3 were close together but were distancing themselves from the rest of the field which had been gapped.  Just past 500, Reed pulled up on Webb's shoulders and as the rabbit moved out to lane 2 about 540 (1:08 into the race)  meters into the race, Reed passed Webb. At 600, (it looked like the 600 split may have been 1:16), the announcer summer things up perfectly, "Now what's Webb got left?."

As they made the turn for home and started the run down the homestretch, it looked as if Reed was going to pull away for the victory. Reed looked good and almost had some daylight on Webb who was only maybe 2 meters up on 2004 Olympic Trials champ Jonathan Johnson who had run up to the leading duo. 1:34 into the race, the announcer even said "Webb has to fight an fight to hold onto 2nd place."

Just as he'd finished saying this, Webb did what he's done in every big race this year - he  powered home for the win.  Once again, the thing that got Webb the win wasn't speed - but rather strength. Just as he did against Lagat at USAs and Baala in Paris, Webb just had more left in the final 30 to 40 meters. His competitor once again tied up and Webb did not and Webb got yet another amazing victory.

When the time of 1:43.84, the announced seemed shocked. "Wooooooeee. Another personal best for Alan Webb. 1:43.85. And that's a fighter.. That's real class. I don't know whether he can quite believe it. He's taken over two seconds off his lifetime best (Editor's note: not quite by 1.95 is close enough in our minds. His pr coming into the year was 1:46.09). And how great would it be for the sport if the medals in the middle distances for example were spread around, and Alan Webb is doing his best to break the African dominance."

Webb's 1:43.85 now makes him the 8th fastest American ever.

Gary Reed ended up a well deserved 2nd in 1:44.03 - just .10 off of his lifetime beset (perhaps if he had stayed a bit  more relaxed from 540 to 650 he would have gotten it). Not to be lost in the shuffle was a strong performance by 2004 US Olympian Jonathan Johnson who set a new pr of 1:44.69 in 4th. It's certainly good to see Johnson running well as he really struggled in 2006 with a seasonal best of only 1:46.50.

To watch Webb's race, please see the following links:
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Video of Webb's Run
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Video Player for Webb's Race

Full Results

1
8
280

WEBB ALAN

1:45.80
USA
1:43.84
2
5
276

REED GARY

1:43.93
CAN
1:44.03
3
11
273

MADI NABIL

1:44.83
ALG
1:44.54
4
6
271

JOHNSON JONATHAN

1:44.77
USA
1:44.69
5
7
278

SYMMONDS NICK

1:44.54
USA
1:45.49
6
4
275

OKKEN ARNOUD

1:45.64
NED
1:45.88
7
10
277

SOM BRAM

1:43.85
NED
1:46.00
8
2
279

KANDIE DANIEL

1:48.3
KEN
1:46.27
9
3
274

MATTHYS THOMAS

1:45.75
BEL
1:46.77
10
13
285

KRUMMENACKER DAVID

1:43.92
USA
1:47.01
11
14
282

ROSSEEUW MATTHIAS

1:47.63
BEL
1:47.19
12
12
291

CHAMNEY THOMAS

1:46.46
IRL
1:47.20
13
1
281

NDIWA LINUS

1:46.30
KEN
1:47.29
9
297

NAHASHON RUTO

PACE
KEN
DNF

Women's 3k Steeple Lisa Galaviz US Record
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Morocco's Hanane Ouhaddou came in with a modest pr of 9:53.28 but got the win in a huge personal best of 9:25.51 (which very well may be a Moroccan record), but the story of the race for LetsRun.com viewers was new Irish and American records set by former Providence Friar Roisin McGettigan in 3rd and former ASU star Lisa Galaviz in 4th. McGettigan's ran 9:28.29 to break her own Irish national record, which she set in the same meet last year (9:32.04).  Galaviz, the 2006 US champion, got a particularly satisfying 10+ second pr and new American record with her 9:28.75 showing. Nothing like an American record to help take away the disappointment of being 4th at USAs and missing out on a an appearance at worlds.

For Galaviz it was her 3 straight pr. Her 4th place at nationals was a 3 second pr (9:43.54) then she ran a 9:38.94 in Greece on the 28th of July and now has improved that another 10 seconds.
Full Results

1
2
77

OUHADDOU HANANE

9.53.28
MAR
9:25.51
2
13
80

MORATO ROSA

9.35.79
ESP
9:26.23
3
15
73

MCGETTIGAN ROISIN

9:32.04
IRL
9:28.29
4
7
68

GALAVIZ LISA

9:38.94
USA
9:28.75
5
8
67

DUARTE SOPHIE

9:38.73
FRA
9:29.01
6
10
66

DEJAEGHERE VEERLE

9:28.47
BEL
9:31.71
7
1
71

JOHANSSON CHRISTINA

9.40.90
SWE
9:38.55
8
4
70

HAYAKARI MINORI

9:41.21
JPN
9:38.68
9
12
78

VANDENBEMPT SIGRID

9.35.28
BEL
9:39.50
10
14
83

BRITTON FIONUALA

9:47.58
IRL
9:41.36
11
3
65

DECROOCK STEFANIE

9:48.65
BEL
9:41.79
12
18
79

ZEMZEM AHMED

10:09.83
ETH
9:45.72
13
9
62

SOFIA ASSEFA

9:31.43
ETH
9:48.46
14
22
85

URBINA TERESA

9.55.24
ESP
9:49.03
15
5
69

KOKKINARIOU IRINI

9:42.97
GRE
9:49.48
16
21
64

BOONSTRA MIRANDA

9.45.87
NED
9:50.02
17
6
63

ANDERSON LINDSEY

9:39.95
USA
9:50.71
18
16
72

MAYER ANDREA

9:48.87
AUT
10:23.26
11
82

COULAUD JULIE

9.50.46
FRA
DNF
17
75

MESSNER CARRIE

PACE
USA
DNF
19
84

DE SCHRYDER SELIEN

10:10.57
BEL
DNF
20
61

ABEDELA MAKIDA

10:33.94
MAR
DNF

Women's 1500 - Fans of American collegiate action certainly enjoyed this race as former NCAA runners took the top 6 spots.  American Erin Donohue got the win in a big personal best of 4:05.55, smashing her pr of 4:08.22 which she set in getting third at the 2007 AT&T USA meet. The win also got Donohue well under the Olympic A standard (4:06.50) which we are sure was a big goal for her. Donohue edged out fellow American's Shalane Flanagan (4:06.24) and Amy Mortimer (4:07.23) who both ran well as both came within 1 second of their own personal bests, although we're sure that just missing out on the A standard probably was incredibly frustrating for Mortimer. Flanagan already has the A standard.
Full Results

1
16
512

DONOHUE ERIN

4:08.22
USA
4:05.55
2
17
34

FLANAGAN SHALANE

4:05.86
USA
4:06.24
3
14
41

MORTIMER AMY

4:06.55
USA
4:07.23
4
11
42

MUNCAN MARINA

4:09.01
SRB
4:09.78
5
10
51

DEATHERAGE JENELLE

4:07.87
USA
4:10.57
6
13
40

MCWILLIAMS TIFFANY

4:06.30
USA
4:10.72
7
15
38

KVARBERG RAGNHILD

4:07.14
NOR
4:10.95
8
8
43

SHADLE ANN

4:08.60
USA
4:12.28
9
6
36

HOWARD JULIA

4:14:53
CAN
4:12.32
10
7
46

CHEMTAI ESTHER

4:15.10
KEN
4:13.61
11
12
35

HALL SARA

4:08.99
USA
4:14.07
12
5
52

ETALEMAHU KIDANE

ETH
4:14.35
13
1
39

MAKESTAD INGVILL

4:13.58
NOR
4:15.18
14
9
50

BELETE MIMI

4.13.55
ETH
4:16.27
15
19
33

DRUMM ORLA

4.16.99
IRL
4:16.33
16
2
48

GREEN NIKEYA

4:21.58
USA
4:17.51
17
18
31

BORST SELMA

4.19.84
NED
4:20.53
18
3
47

XENIA LUXEM

4:22.56
BEL
4:21.41
19
4
37

JOHNSTONE REBECCA

4:20.18
CAN
4:25.22
20
21
44

VAN EYNDE SARAH

4:28.53
BEL
4:28.05
20
45

TETERIS AIMEE

USA
DNF

Men's Steeplechase: Tom Brooks Is Happy
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Sweden's Mohammed Mustafa got the win in 8:05.75 but the most happy guy in the race very well may have been American Tom Brooks who finished 17th in 8:30.65. The most disappointed guy tonight most likely was American Anthony Famiglietti, who wasn't even in the race. Let us explain.

American Aaron Aguayo, the 2nd place finisher from at USAs this year, smashed his pr tonight and got the world championship and Olympic A standard with his 8:20.34 (8:24.60 is the standard)12th place finish. As a result, Tom Brooks will now get to go to the world championships as he was 3rd at USAs but only had the B standard as did Aguayo up until tonight. Since each country can only send on "B qualifier" per event, up until this race, "Fam" was on the team and Brooks was not. Now, however, "Fam", who had the A standard but was 4th will be left at home.

The USA's Brian Olinger did the same thing he did two years ago. Run 8:19 out of no where. He ran 8:19 2 years ago, but his best time was only 8:35 last year. The original 8:19 was not a fluke, and in case some of you didn't believe that, this proved it.
Full Results

1
13
445

MUSTAFA MOHAMMED

8:14.67
SWE
8:05.75
2
9
432

BRAHIM TALEB

8:14.75
MAR
8:07.02
3
8
457

TAHER MUBARAK TAREQ

8:11.36
BRN
8:07.12
4
15
440

HAMID EZZINE

8:09.72
MAR
8:10.98
5
16
434

CHEPTUIYON JAMES KOSGEI

8:30.60
KEN
8:13.66
6
2
453

MAHIEDINE MEKHISSI B

8:26.61
FRA
8:14.22
7
10
436

DESMET PIETER

8:20.31
BEL
8:15.02
8
20
435

DANDRIEUX VINCENT

8:22.82
FRA
8:16.55
9
3
442

KRISTENSEN BJORNAR USTAD

8:23.65
NOR
8:16.75
10
11
450

YOUCEF ABDI

8:18.78
AUS
8:18.34
11
7
454

OLINGER BRIAN

8:19.56
USA
8:19.29
12
1
431

AGUAYO AARON

8:27.01
USA
8:20.34
13
12
447

VAN KOOLWIJK KRIJN

8:17.11
BEL
8:20.86
14
21
456

JIMINEZ ANTONIOS

8:11.52
ESP
8:21.33
15
4
449

YOSHITAKA IWAMIZU

8:18.93
JPN
8:28.43
16
24
452

MAGIDI ITAY

8:25.04
ISR
8:30.51
17
22
460

BROOKS TOM

8:27.34
USA
8:30.65
18
6
458

ULICZKA STEFFEN

8:32.79
GER
8:34.09
19
5
455

WILSSENS KOEN

8:35.25
BEL
8:41.98
20
19
459

BUSSELOT DRIES

8:44.59
BEL
8:42.46
21
23
438

ANAGNOSTOU THEODOROS

8:48.99
GRE
9:01.76
14
448

WEIDLINGER GUNTHER

8.10.83
AUT
DNF
17
446

NYAMU JULIUS

PACE
KEN
DNF
18
443

LANGAT JOHN

PACE
KEN
DNF

Men's 5000m: 9 Americans Now With the "A" Standard
After seeing the results of this race and a few others this year, we have to agree with a message board poster, "13:15 is the new 13:30" Chris Solinsky, the 5 time NCAA champ, followed up his 7:36 3k where he beat Ritz with a 13:12.24 (18 second pr,) to become the #11 American all-time. Close behind, Bolota Asmeron (who used to run for Cal and was 3rd at the 2004 Olympic Trials) ran an 11 second pr of 13:15.

In the "B" race, 2003 World champ team member Ian Dobson got the win in 13:18.87 and Jon Riley ran 13:19.92 bringing to 9 (the 4 above plus US leader Anthony Famiglietti, Dathan Ritzenhein, Ryan Kirpatrick, Pan Am Games gold medallists Ed Moran, and Josh McDougal) the number of Americans who have broken the IAAF World Championship qualifying standard of 13:21.50. That does not count arguably America's 3 best 5000m runners, Bernard Lagat, Alan Webb, and Matt Tegenkamp who have not run under 13:21.5 this year.

5000m Men ; Official result


1 11 371 BADAY AHMED MAR 13:11.09
2 8 393 WARGA SAHLE BETONA ETH 13:11.40
3 9 400 GENETI MARKOS ETH 13:11.80
4 22 390 SOLINSKY CHRIS USA 13:12.24
5 20 387 MATSUMIYA TAKAYUKI JPN 13:13.20
6 16 396 KIPRUTO SILAS KEN 13:13.95
7 4 381 FITSCHEN JAN GER 13:14.85
8 24 392 BOLOTA ASMERON USA 13:15.16
9 7 384 KHOUDIR AGGOUNE ALG 13:15.79
10 25 394 YIGEZA LISHAN ETH 13:17.99
11 21 399 TAKEZAWA  KENSUKE JPN 13:19.00
12 19 375 CHEBOIYWO BOAZ KEN 13:20.72
13 5 398 KHAMIS ZAMAN SULTAN QAT 13:32.46
14 2 376 COMPERNOLLE TOM BEL 13:33.55
15 14 391 TSIGE SOLOMON ETH 13:35.48
16 6 395 KHAMIS ADAM ISMAEEL BRN 13:35.96
17 18 397 ESSA ISMAIL RASHEED QAT 13:37.63
18 17 379 ESSAžD MUSTAPHA FRA 13:57.89
3 389 RIZKI MONDER BEL DNF
10 385 KOMON LEONARD KEN DNF
12 373 BISLUKE KIPLAGAT PACE KEN DNF
13 378 ESHO BENSON PACE KEN DNF
15 386 MATHEKA BERNARD KEN DNF
23 382 GABIUS ARNE GER DNF
1 421 MOURHIT MOHAMMED BEL DNF

5000m Men B ; Official result

1 11 406 DOBSON IAN USA 13:18.87
2 10 428 RILEY JONATHAN USA 13:19.92
3 3 702 YUICHIRO UENO JPN 13:21.49
4 14 405 COOLSAET REID CAN 13:21.53
5 12 414 MORRISSON PAUL CAN 13:22.39
6 7 408 GRAHAM SEAN USA 13:23.50
7 32 780 SJOQVIST ERIK SWE 13:25.37
8 1 401 BAIRU SIMON CAN 13:25.91
9 31 411 KIPROTICH STEVEN UGA 13:27.40
10 23 425 DAME TASAMA FAYISA ETH 13:33.27
11 18 402 BANDI PHILIP SUI 13:35.26
12 2 700 CARLSON IAN USA 13:35.86
13 34 735 GILLES ERIC CAN 13:36.78
14 27 732 GAHUNGU VITAL BDI 13:38.19
15 13 731 GABRIELSON MATT USA 13:38.96
16 21 426 FAYS GUY BEL 13:41.59
17 9 410 KING KYLE USA 13:41.71
18 15 412 MAEDA KAZUHIRO JPN 13:43.58
19 4 407 FAGAN MARTIN IRL 13:44.11
20 28 423 PAPANTONIS ANTONIOS GRE 13:44.91
21 6 409 HAAS STEPHEN USA 13:44.93
22 30 429 ANASTASIOS FRAGGOS GRE 13:45.77
23 5 416 ODA YOSHINORI JPN 13:46.99
24 22 418 STEINBAUER MARTIN AUT 13:47.22
25 24 419 STITZINGER PATRICK NED 13:47.51
26 26 404 BOLLEN FRANK BEL 13:53.85
27 20 415 NELSON TIMOTHY USA 13:55.24
28 8 413 MORGAN THOMAS USA 14:05.33
29 19 424 BUTTER MICHEL NED 14:15.78
30 33 403 BEDANE DADI URGE ETH 14:26.06
25 383 HALL RYAN USA DNF
17 746 IKAWA ATSUSHI PACE JPN DNF
16 427 JANSSENS HANS PACE BEL DNF

Men's 1500 - We'll let the results primarily speak for themselves on this one. Not much of big-time significance to report. American Rob Myers continued his up and down 2007 season with a disappointing 3:41 in 16th after running 3:37 last time out.
Full Results

1
18
330

MOUSTAOUI MOHAMMED

3:32.67
MAR
3:33.73
2
12
321

NDIWA REMMY LIMO

3.37.21
KEN
3:35.91
3
4
332

RASSIOUI BADR

3:37.90
MAR
3:36.04
4
3
322

MEKONEN MADHIN GABRE

3:36.48
ETH
3:36.04
5
19
315

IGUIDER ABDALAATI

3.32.68
MAR
3:36.31
6
15
324

TEGENKAMP MATT

3.34.25
USA
3:36.48
7
8
352

MOURHIT HASSAN

3:40.98
BEL
3:37.47
8
9
318

KIPTANUI TIMOTHY

3.30.04
KEN
3:37.61
9
13
323

SURUM SAMSON

3.36.86
KEN
3:37.68
10
6
319

KITAINY AARON

3:35.00
KEN
3:37.75
11
1
325

VAN DER BURGHT ATE

3.38.47
NED
3:38.19
12
10
314

ERAUD GUILLAUME

3.38.16
FRA
3:38.20
13
2
313

DAMIAO MANUEL

3.34.37
POR
3:38.67
14
16
326

WENDIMU MULUGETA

3.31.13
ETH
3:39.83
15
5
317

KIPRONO BOIT ELIJAH

3.36.20
KEN
3:41.03
16
14
320

MYERS ROB

3.34.89
USA
3:41.12
17
11
312

CLERBOUT TIM

3.37.50
BEL
3:42.49
18
7
327

KORIR KIPROP EDWIN

KEN
3:43.18
17
316

JANSEN JOERI

3.35.97
BEL
DNF
20
311

BARNGETUNY SALAMON

PACE
KEN
DNF
21
328

MUTUA FRANCIS

PACE
KEN
DNF

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