Rupp shatters American indoor 5K record

Rupp shatters American indoor 5K record

Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp set a new American record in the 5,000-meter run in 13:01.26 at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet. Former NCAA Cross Country champion Sam Chelanga finished in second place in 13:04, which was a 5-second personal record. The Canadian national record in the 5,000-meter run also fell as Cam Levinsran 13:19.16.

Rupp ran the No. 8 all-time indoor performance. Only Kenenisa BekeleHaile Gebrselassie,Daniel KomenIsiah KoechThomas Longosiwa have run faster. The previous American record was set by Lopez Lomong in 2013 when he ran 13:07.00.


1  12:49.60   Kenenisa Bekele      ETH   13.06.82  1 Birmingham  20.02.2004
2  12:50.38   Haile Gebrselassie   ETH   18.04.73  1 Birmingham  14.02.1999
3  12:51.48   Daniel Komen         KEN   17.05.76  1 Stockholm   19.02.1998
4  12:53.29   Isiah Koech          KEN   19.12.93  1 Düsseldorf  11.02.2011
5  12:55.72   Eliud Kipchoge       KEN   05.11.84  2 Düsseldorf  11.02.2011
6  12:58.67   Thomas Longosiwa     KEN   14.01.82  1 Düsseldorf  10.02.2012
7  12:59.04   Haile Gebrselassie   ETH   18.04.73  1 Stockholm   20.02.1997
8  13:01.26   Galen Rupp           USA   08.05.86  1 Boston      16.01.2014
9  13:02.36   Isiah Koech          KEN   19.12.93  2 Düsseldorf  10.02.2012
10 13:02.69   Paul Kipsiele Koech  KEN   10.11.81  3 Düsseldorf  10.02.2012


Pacers dropped off before the 3,000-meter mark and Chelanga pushed Rupp for most of the remainder of the race. Fans saw flashes of the NCAA Cross Country National Championships when the two runners squared off as collegiate stars. Rupp defeated Chelanga for the NCAA title in 2008 by five seconds.

Former North Carolina cross-country state champion Taylor Gilland executed his job as the pacer perfectly. He previously ran 8:11 in college and works over 80 hours in a week as a mergers and acquisitions analyst for The Blackstone Group in Boston.

How well of a job did Gilland set up? Here are the projected splits for an assault on the 5K American Record.

200m - 30.40 (Projected: 31.48) 
400m - 62.60 (Projected: 62.96)
600m - 1:34.39 (Projected: 1:34.44)
800m - 2:06.69 (Projected: 2:05.92)
1000m - 2:38.49 (Projected: 2:37.4)
1200m - 3:10.19 (Projected: 3:08.87)
1400m - 3:42.06 (Projected: 3:40.36)
1600m - 4:13.94 (Projected: 4:11.84)
1800m - 4:45.46 (Projected: 4:43.31)
2000m - 5:17.53 (Projected: 5:14.8)
2200m - 5:49.44 (Projected: 5:46.28)
2400m - 6:20.87 (Projected:6:17.75)
2600m - 6:52.91 (Projected: 6:49.24)
2800m - 7:23.98 (Projected: 7:20.72
3000m - 7:55.52 (Projected: 7:52.19)
3200m - 8:26.58 (Projected: 8:23.68)
3400m - 8:58.xx (Projected: 8:55.15)
3600m - 9:28.53 (Projected: 9:26.63)
3800m - 9:58.36 (Projected: 9:58.12)
4000m - 10:28.84 (Projected: 10:29.6)
4200m - 10:59.56 (Projected: 11:01.08)
4400m - 11:29.67 (Projected: 11:32.56)
4600m - 12:00.27 (Projected: 12:04.03)
4800m - 12:30.90 (Projected: 12:35.51)
5000m - 13:01.26 (Projected: 13:07.00)

The Nike Oregon Project said that they wanted to negative split the record attempt. Rupp's mile splits were 4:14, 4:12, and 4:04. His last 200m was 30.36.

Rupp returns to action soon and will race the men’s two-mile at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 24th and 25th, which can be watched live on Flotrack.

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