Galen Rupp Breaks The American Indoor 3000m Record in Stockholm

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February 21, 2013

More over Bernard Lagat.

In Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday night, Galen Rupp ran to a convincing win in the men’s 3000m in 7:30.16 and in the process crushed Bernard Lagat’s American record of 7:32.43 from 2007. Caleb Ndiku, the former world junior 1500m and cross-country champion, was second in an indoor personal best of 7:31.66. Abelaati Iguider, the Olympic 1500m bronze medallist, was a well beaten third in a personal best of 7:34.92.

Rupp just missed being the seventh person ever indoors under the magical 7:30 barrier.

Could Silver Be Gold This Year?

Could Silver Be Gold This Year?

Rupp’s time is the #2 ever, indoor or out, by an American, ahead of Bob Kennedy’s 7:30.84 but behind Lagat’s 7:29.00.

Lagat on Saturday had retaken the American record at 2 miles back from Rupp to hold concurrently the American records at 1500m, the mile, 3000m, the two-mile, and the 5000m – an impressive feat that only lasted four days.

In addition to getting the American record, Rupp got the win, his first in a European race of note.

LRC Quick Take (QT) #1: The American record and the win!  This is how American records should be set in Europe.

QT #2: Rupp’s remarkable improvement continues as he keeps getting faster and faster, or stronger and stronger. Remember, it was less than 4 years ago that Rupp broke 4 minutes for the mile for the first time (On March 7, 2009 Rupp ran 3:57.86 for his first ever sub-4 mile or 1,500 equivalent). Now he’s not quite able to do it for 2 miles, but he’s very close to sub 60 for 8 straight laps outdoors.

Men 3000 m
1Galen Rupp86USA7:30.16WL MR PB
2Caleb Ndiku92KEN7:31.66WL PB
3Abdelaati Iguider87MAR7:34.92PB
4Paul Kipsiele Koech81KEN7:38.35SB
5Hayle Ibrahimov90AZE7:39.59PB
6Albert Rop94KEN7:40.16
7Tesfaye Cheru93ETH7:43.47PB
8Aman Wote84ETH7:43.99
9Bouabdellah Tahri78FRA7:44.18
10Nacerddine Hallil88ALG, Hässelby SK7:52.07PB
11Niclas Sandells84FIN8:02.33PB
12Olle Walleräng85SWE, Spårvägens FK8:05.98
13Johan Hydén89SWE, Hammarby IF8:09.23
Benson Seurei (pace)88KENDNF
Vincent Rono (pace)90KENDNF

Women’s 1500m: Aregawi Just Misses Women’s World Record  

Abeba Aregawi, the new Swedish citizen via Ethiopia,  nearly got the world record here before the home crowd.

In her first race of the year, Aregawi ran 3:58.40, the #2 time ever and just off of Yelena Soboleva‘s 3:58.28 world record. Soboleva was a drug cheat so assuming Aregawi is clean, this would be the fastest time by a clean athlete.

LRC QT: Aregawi started off 2013 just like she did 2012, red-hot. Last year, she didn’t run indoors, but opened up with a 3:59 in race #1 and a 3:56.54 in race #2 outdoors.

Women 1500 m
1Abeba Aregawi90SWE, Hammarby IF3:58.40WL MR NR
2Axumawit EmbayeETH4:09.11
3Rabab Arrafi91MAR4:09.36PB
4Treniere Moser81USA4:12.09SB
5Mimi Belete88BRN4:12.16PB
6Clarie Tarpele89IRL4:13.16PB
7Katarzyna Broniatowska90POL4:14.15
8Charlotte Schönbeck84SWE, IFK Lidingö4:16.12SB
9Kristine Eikrem Engeset88NOR4:17.99SB
10Alem GebremariamETH4:19.46
11Lovisa Lindh91SWE, Ullevi FK4:32.87
Lydia Wafula (pace)88KENDNF

Women’s 3000m Dibaba Smokes a 8:26.5795
(Dibaba’s time was 8:26.57 until 2/23 when it was corrected to 8:26.57 by the IAAF)
Genzebe’s Dibaba’s 8:26.95 dominant victory in the 3000m was very impressive. That makes her the fourth fastest of all-time. She won by over 20 seconds.

LRC QT: Dibaba ran a 4:00.83 1,500 last weekend. It’s a shame she wasn’t racing Aregawi in the 1,500 or the World Record might have fallen.

Women 3000 m
1Genzebe Dibaba91ETH8:26.95MR PB WL
2Eilish McColgan90GBR8:49.31PB
3Almaz Ayana91ETH8:50.10PB
4Siham Hilali86MAR8:53.12
5Fionnuala Britton84IRL8:54.37PB
6Polina Jelizarova89LAT8:56.06PB
7Gete Dima (pace)92ETH9:00.88
8Roxana Bârca88ROU9:02.35PB
9Charlotta Fougberg85SWE, Ullevi FK9:07.94PB
10Johanna Lehtinen79FIN9:09.90
11Layes Abdulayeva91AZE9:22.84
Renata Plis (pace)99POLDNF

Men’s 800m: World Leader by Aman

Mohammed Aman is the only guy to beat David Rudisha in the last few years, so we know he is talented. He showed that with a 1:45.05 world leading win here.

LRC QT: The showdown with Abubaker Kaki did not materialize as the two-time world indoor champ Kaki was not a factor. Kaki had run pretty well – 1:46.57 in his opener last weekend – in a race where he should have won but was tripped at the finish line. Maybe he was injured in the fall?

Men 800 m A-final
1Mohammed Aman94ETH1:45.05WL PB
2Adam Kszczot89POL1:46.62SB
3Timothy Kitum93KEN1:47.61PB
4Anthony Chemut92KEN1:47.79
5Johan Rogestedt93SWE, F Stenungsunds FI1:48.51PB
6Musaeb Balla89QAT1:50.35
7Abubaker Kaki89SUD1:50.47
Matt Scherer (pace)83USADNF

Men’s 1000m: Crazy World Record Talk Was Nuts, American Record Doesn’t Fall Either
Talk of possible World and American records in the 1000m proved to be way off based in this one. 20-year old Ayanleh Souleiman, who ran 3:30 last year, got the win in 2:17.05. American Matt Centrowitz ran 2:19.56 well off of the American record of 2:17.86.

LRC QT: Centro’s struggle here likely makes Robby Andrews fill a bit better about himself. Andrews, who is trying to transition from the 800 to the 1500/mile but has looked awful so far in two different miles races, ran 2:17.9 in the 1000 earlier this year. Centro’s time today makes that seem a bit more impressive.

Men 1000 m
1Ayanleh Souleiman92DJI2:17.05WL
2Marcin Lewandowski87POL2:17.77PB
3Andrew Osagie88GBR2:18.78
4Andreas Vojta89AUT2:19.20
5Michael Rimmer86GBR2:19.20
6Matthew Centrowitz89USA2:19.56
7Mukhtar Mohammed90GBR2:21.13
8Lotfi Chebli88ALG, Hässelby SK2:21.91
Ismael Kombich (pace)85KENDNF
Reuben Bett (pace)84KENDNF

*Full XL Galan Results Here


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