Friday, August 28, 2009

New American Record for 5000 Meters!

And it's not even Bernard Lagat.

Golden League, Weltklasse Meet, Zurich

1 Kenenisa Bekele ETH 12:52.32 20
2 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN 12:55.03 16
3 Dathan Ritzenhein USA 12:56.27 14
4 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok KEN 12:58.17 12
5 Moses Ndiema Kipsiro UGA 12:59.27 10
6 Joseph Ebuya KEN 13:00.22 8
7 Moses Ndiema Masai KEN 13:06.16 6
8 Silas Kipruto KEN 13:09.08 4
9 Leonard Patrick Komon KEN 13:17.43 3
10 Micah Kipkemboi Kogo KEN 13:18.57 3

Utterly unbelievable. Just 4 months ago Dathan Ritzenhein seemed to be down and out, with a 'disappointing' 2:10 at London Marathon. When the field runs 2:06 or faster, 2:10 is just average in this day and age. He fired his coach Brad Hudson and signed up with Alberto Salazar's group in Oregon. I figured he'd become a journeyman career runner. Making a good living, and maybe winning some US championships along the way, but running for another six or seven years without improving and not being much of a factor on the world level.

I was actually surprised to see him make the US team at 10000 m with a 27:59 in June. Then two weeks ago he up and ran the 4th fastest ever for a US runner, on his way to an impressive 6th place finish. Great.

Saw that he was signed up for Golden League 5000 today, and figured a 13:10 PR would be a fantastic day for him. 12:56, beats Bob Kennedy's long-standing (and outstanding) mark by nearly two seconds.


Blogger Tom Ritchie said...

It was an awesome race. I watched on the internet. To see him close the last 5 laps gave me goosebumps.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

Amazing finish for sure. He closed so fast. Hopefully this will inspire the current stars and future generations to keep striving. Ritz's race was a great example of good, patient pacing.

9:32 AM  

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