Galen Rupp Breaks The American Indoor 3000m Record in Stockholm

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.

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

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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
1 Galen Rupp 86 USA 7:30.16 WL MR PB
2 Caleb Ndiku 92 KEN 7:31.66 WL PB
3 Abdelaati Iguider 87 MAR 7:34.92 PB
4 Paul Kipsiele Koech 81 KEN 7:38.35 SB
5 Hayle Ibrahimov 90 AZE 7:39.59 PB
6 Albert Rop 94 KEN 7:40.16
7 Tesfaye Cheru 93 ETH 7:43.47 PB
8 Aman Wote 84 ETH 7:43.99
9 Bouabdellah Tahri 78 FRA 7:44.18
10 Nacerddine Hallil 88 ALG, Hässelby SK 7:52.07 PB
11 Niclas Sandells 84 FIN 8:02.33 PB
12 Olle Walleräng 85 SWE, Spårvägens FK 8:05.98
13 Johan Hydén 89 SWE, Hammarby IF 8:09.23
Benson Seurei (pace) 88 KEN DNF
Vincent Rono (pace) 90 KEN DNF

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
1 Abeba Aregawi 90 SWE, Hammarby IF 3:58.40 WL MR NR
2 Axumawit Embaye ETH 4:09.11
3 Rabab Arrafi 91 MAR 4:09.36 PB
4 Treniere Moser 81 USA 4:12.09 SB
5 Mimi Belete 88 BRN 4:12.16 PB
6 Clarie Tarpele 89 IRL 4:13.16 PB
7 Katarzyna Broniatowska 90 POL 4:14.15
8 Charlotte Schönbeck 84 SWE, IFK Lidingö 4:16.12 SB
9 Kristine Eikrem Engeset 88 NOR 4:17.99 SB
10 Alem Gebremariam ETH 4:19.46
11 Lovisa Lindh 91 SWE, Ullevi FK 4:32.87
Lydia Wafula (pace) 88 KEN DNF

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
1 Genzebe Dibaba 91 ETH 8:26.95 MR PB WL
2 Eilish McColgan 90 GBR 8:49.31 PB
3 Almaz Ayana 91 ETH 8:50.10 PB
4 Siham Hilali 86 MAR 8:53.12
5 Fionnuala Britton 84 IRL 8:54.37 PB
6 Polina Jelizarova 89 LAT 8:56.06 PB
7 Gete Dima (pace) 92 ETH 9:00.88
8 Roxana Bârca 88 ROU 9:02.35 PB
9 Charlotta Fougberg 85 SWE, Ullevi FK 9:07.94 PB
10 Johanna Lehtinen 79 FIN 9:09.90
11 Layes Abdulayeva 91 AZE 9:22.84
Renata Plis (pace) 99 POL DNF

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
1 Mohammed Aman 94 ETH 1:45.05 WL PB
2 Adam Kszczot 89 POL 1:46.62 SB
3 Timothy Kitum 93 KEN 1:47.61 PB
4 Anthony Chemut 92 KEN 1:47.79
5 Johan Rogestedt 93 SWE, F Stenungsunds FI 1:48.51 PB
6 Musaeb Balla 89 QAT 1:50.35
7 Abubaker Kaki 89 SUD 1:50.47
Matt Scherer (pace) 83 USA DNF

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
1 Ayanleh Souleiman 92 DJI 2:17.05 WL
2 Marcin Lewandowski 87 POL 2:17.77 PB
3 Andrew Osagie 88 GBR 2:18.78
4 Andreas Vojta 89 AUT 2:19.20
5 Michael Rimmer 86 GBR 2:19.20
6 Matthew Centrowitz 89 USA 2:19.56
7 Mukhtar Mohammed 90 GBR 2:21.13
8 Lotfi Chebli 88 ALG, Hässelby SK 2:21.91
Ismael Kombich (pace) 85 KEN DNF
Reuben Bett (pace) 84 KEN DNF

*Full XL Galan Results Here


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