How does this compare to some of Cragg's wins? His 2:29 from the front was impressive, how fast did a Solinsky or someone similar close slow races?
The early pace was slow (4:31 at the 1,600 - 14:07 pace). Chelanga then threw in a 60-point 400, but it was just a test to see who would go with him and then things slowed back down again.
The 3k was reached in 8:29 and the pack was still very large. The pace picked up the 600m from 3,400m to 4,000m (31.90, 31.32, and 31.87 were Rupp's laps), but then things slowed down again as everyone gathered themselves for the big move. Rupp struck on the backstretch with about 750 to go. He bolted to the front and Chelanga and Arkansas' Shawn Forest stayed the closest, but Rupp would not slow down until the finish. He got faster each lap until the finish - 29.61 (his sprint started 1/3 of the way into this lap), 28.71, 28.12 and a final 28.86, where he was able to take his foot off the pedal as he looked back and saw he had it won.
His final 800 was an incredibly stellar 1:55.28, including letting up at the end.
we already discussed this wrote:
wait i thought Rupp couldn't kick/had no speed whatsoever in college???? it was all a newfound NOP thing, right???
You Know Me wrote:
My favorite was the headline
Rupp will do anything to help team win
And immediately below it another headline
Wheating has a blister