“I’m glad that Steve and Kara and Mr. Stiner came forward with their concerns because I think it’s important that the culture be that where anyone who sees something they are uncomfortable with says something, because I think that’s the only way to really guarantee a clean sport.”
June 14, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore — Americans Chris Derrick and Matt Tegenkamp didn’t have great performances tonight in the men’s 5000 (13:40.21 and 13:54.13 respectively) but we caught up with them afterwards. We talked to both guys about their races and also talked to Derrick about the doping allegations surrounding his 10,000 meter rival Galen Rupp.
As for his race, Derrick admitted he’s an underdog for USAs, “I dont think I’m a favorite by any means to make the team but if I’m healthy I’m going to run and compete.”
After the men’s 5000, LetsRun.com also asked Chris Derrick for his thoughts on the doping allegations surrounding Alberto Salazar.
Derrick said, “I think as a lot of people have said those rumors have been going around the circuit for a while. You know obviously I hope that everything proves to be on the up and up – I think that would be great for the sport. But at the end of the day, what’s most important to me as an athlete is that – well I think there has been a lot of discussion about the testing and how it’s probably not as strict as it could be – probably by design because you don’t want to ruin someone’s reputation. If you have stricter standards, you are going to get someone who wasn’t doping. But I think it shows the importance of having a really good culture in the sport – of having a culture of where people doing something afoul are on the outside. So whatever comes of it, I’m glad that Steve and Kara and Mr. Stiner came forward with their concerns because I think it’s important that the culture be that where anyone who sees something they are uncomfortable with says something, because I think that’s the only way to really guarantee a clean sport. So perhaps there is an innocent explanation for everything but regardless I’m glad that people who have had private concerns are taking them to the authorities and putting it through the proper channels.”
Chris Derrick on His Race and Doping Allegations followed by Matt Tegenkamp on His Race: