INDIANAPOLIS -- Marathon debutant Galen Rupp was the first man across the finish line Saturday at U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Los Angeles, where his 2:11:15 earned him a spot to compete for Team USA at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and it also earned him USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
Rupp, an Olympic silver medalist in 10,000 meters on the track, had only run the 13.1-mile, half marathon distance prior to Saturday’s race.
“Obviously it was a new challenge,” he said in a post-race interview with USATF.TV
. “It was fun, and it’s always a little nervous when you try something new. I was really pleased with the way it went, and now it’s all about recovery and getting ready for World Indoors.”
A track athlete by trade, Rupp still has his sights set the 10,000m and a double in Rio.
Up next, he will compete at USATF Indoors slated for March 11-12 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, with aims to make the U.S. Team for IAAF World Indoor Championships in the same venue March 17-20.
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Other notable performances of the week included:
Amy Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) was the women's champion Saturday at U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon. She made her first-place finish in 2:28:20 to make Team USA for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as she redeemed her fourth-place finish in 2012, which left her off the previous Olympic Team by one spot.
Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) set an American Record in the 300m in Boston at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, where she ran 36.25 to take .08 off the previous mark held by Allyson Felix.
Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina) of Ole Miss set a collegiate indoor record in the shot put with her 19.23m/63-1.25 at the Iowa State Classic in Ames.
Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Delaware) moved to No. 9 on the U.S. all-time indoor list in the long jump with his 8.38m/27-6 winning leap at the Tyson Invitational at Arkansas.
Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org
. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp.
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