Galen Rupp Looks to Join the Sub-3:50 Mile Club
His reported splits of 58.x - 1:55 (57.x) - 2:53 (58.x) - 3:57.15 (64.x) almost put him on pace through 1200m to run run his personal best of 3:51.87 (converted from his 3:34.75 at the 2012 Oxy High Performance Meet).
If Rupp wants to break the American record, he’ll have it hold it together over the last 409 meters. If you will, chock up the first mile as a moving-down-in-distance-rust buster. If he’s sprayed on some WD-40, then he’ll have a shot at joining an elite club of sub-3:50 indoor milers.
There are only three athletes in history that have broken that barrier indoors. The first and most obvious answer is Bernard Lagat with his current American record of 3:49.89 from ’05.
Lagat split 56.4 - 1:51.8 (55.4) - 2:50.7 (58.9) - and 3:49.89 (59.19) en route to the third fastest indoor mile of all-time. Rupp will most likely employ the opposite strategy of running more even splits as he's not as speedy as '05 Lagat.
Kip may have taken one title from another legendary indoor miler, but he didn't pass him for the second fastest indoor mile in history. Lagat overtook the former “Chairman of the Boards” for the most Millrose Games Mile wins, but Eamonn Coghlan is still in front of Lagat on the all-time indoor mile list.
Coghlan set the former world record of 3:49.78 at the 1983 Vitalis Invite in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Since then, only the New Jersey Nets have run faster in East Rutherford when they bolted from town last year.
"These men travel in the same circuit, see each other regularly, drink beers afterwards, but once they get close to race time, things get very serious.” Oh, the ‘80s.
The double Olympic gold medalist actually ran the indoor mile world record 10 days after setting the indoor 1500m world record... while fasting during Ramadan.