INDIANAPOLIS – Galen Rupp has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the week after establishing a new 10,000-meter American record at the Brussels Diamond League meet Friday.
Rupp (Portland, Ore.) shattered his own personal best time and Chris Solinky’s existing record of 26:59.60, which he ran in 2010, to place third in Brussels in 26:48.00. Coming through the 5,000m mark at 13:25, Rupp ran a consistent race and admitted if he stayed with the leaders he would have a good chance to break the record.
“I was definitely aware of what it was (the American record),” he said. “I knew I had a good shot to break it. I knew the leaders were going to be close to that. I put that time out of my head and focused on what I needed to do. With about 600 meters to go I was able to figure out where I was at.”
Rupp is a three-time USA Outdoor champion in the 10,000m and the 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up. He recently finished seventh at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships. He said the race Friday was a perfect way to end his outdoor track season.
“I was really happy the Brussels meet presented itself,” he said. “I was real happy I was able to do it and not just telling yourself you can and getting the chance to end on a high note.”
Now in its tenth 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 the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
Winners: January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20, Josh Cox; January 26,Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton; February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February 23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10, Bill Collins; March 16, Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan; March 30, John Nunn; April 6, Aries Merritt; April 13, Gunnar Nixon; April 20, Desiree Davila; April 27, Nolan Shaheed; May 4, Emma Coburn; May 11, Willie Gault; May 18, English Gardner; May 25, Kibwé Johnson; June 1, Khadevis Robinson; June 8, Carmelita Jeter; June 15, Lukas Verzbicas; June 22, Aisling Cuffe; June 29, Trevor Barron; July 6, Aldrich Bailey; July 13, Jillian Camarena-Williams; July 20, Johnnye Valien; July 27, Bernard Lagat; August 3, Marcus Krah; August 9, Leo Manzano; August 17, Magdalena Lewy Boulet; August 24, Brigetta Barrett; September 7, LaShinda Demus; September 14, Kasie Enman; September 21, Galen Rupp.