"If you’re in it with one lap to go, anything can happen"
Farah: “I placed second in this race last year and hope to go one better in 2017.”
Heath talks about living in Seatle, racing against his brother, Elliott Heath, and his training for the 2016 Trials.
Heath talks about his size, how girls outlift him in the weightroom and his love for pancakes. “When you watch [US 1500m runner Andrew] Wheating [for example], he’s always in lane two or lingering in the back, while all those little guys are manoeuvring around and have that advantage of moving freely."
Surprisingly, Heath "sucked at XC" in college. He says his "sweet spot" for mileage is 80-90 and that most of the Brooks Beasts girls are stronger than him in the weight room.
Yet another major upset for Heath at the Great Edinburgh Run. *IAAF Recap
Heath: “It’s been a surprise for me every year, actually! I don’t think you can ever expect to beat Mo Farah. The guy has an amazing record whether it’s cross country or the track and he’s nearly impossible to beat. Cross country makes the variables a bit more uneven and it’s also early season. It’s what makes cross country exciting – you never know what’s going to happen.”
Drew Hunter will be in the 3000 with Bernard Lagat and Garrett Heath.
Heath has had huge upset wins over Kenenisa Bekele and Asbel Kiprop the last two years, but now will step up from the 4K distance to the 8K.
Barrios ran 13:46.47 to beat Torrence by .13-seconds. Garrett Heath was a close 4th as Cam Levins was 5th. US's Cory McGee finished 4th in the women's 1500 which was won by Colombia's Muriel Coneo.
*MB: Cam Levins horrible tactics gets boxed and beaten by four scrubs in last 200
*MB: Rosa brothers, least Puerto Rican looking people ever, running for Puerto Rico
Heath: “After the first lap no one was pushing the pace. I thought they were either waiting or tired, so I said to myself I will try and go for it."
Garrett Heath is back in the 4K against Dathan Ritzenhein, Asbel Kiprop and World XC champ Japhet Korir. Chris Derrick defends in the 8K while Gemma Steel leads the women's 6K.
Heath was the surprise winner last year beating Kenenisa Bekele and Asbel Kiprop. This year Kiprop is back and is joined by Mo Farah, World XC champ Japhet Korir, Silas Kiplagat, Augustine Choge, Thomas Longosiwa and in his first race as a master, Bernard Lagat. If you're wondering when the last time Lagat ran XC, it was 2010 in a race in Tucson where he just lost to Stephen Sambu.
Ethiopia's Buze Diriba won the women's race in 15:33 over Emily Infeld (15:42).
*Video: Alexa Efraimson Collapsed At The Finish, Got Up And Finished 9th (16:08)
*Video Interview With Garrett Heath
More than performances, the two talked about the ups and downs to adjusting to the Euro racing circuit with constant travel hiccups and last minute arrangements.
Heath: “Over here things happen a lot more last minute. I came over and found out I got into this meet in Switzerland. We get to the train station and the staff there go ‘oh absolutely no way, that train is way overbooked’, so they put us on one that was literally nine hours of travel the day before me meet and we got there at like midnight the night before the race. There was nowhere open to eat, so we ended up going to this bar and everybody in there was smoking and drinking, and so at 1am we’re in there eating.
“The race was the following day at about 2 in the afternoon. Nobody was around to check in with and they just kept telling us ‘just show up at the start line they’ll give you your bibs then’. So we get back from our warm-up about 30 minutes before the race and they’re on the track and shout ‘Heath! Brown!’ So we both just put our spikes and bibs on at the start line and ran the race, and we both PRed!”
“I ended up battling with the rabbit of the race, because we didn’t understand a word they were saying so they didn’t tell us who the rabbit was. Him and I were throwing elbows back and forth for the first 300 metres and then I found out he was the rabbit and he just drops out [laughs]. That was awkward.”