Athlete Quotes - Men's 10,000m Final
Abdi Abdirahman, Olympic Qualifier, Winner
"After training with Bernard Lagat, I knew I could run well if I could keep up with him in practice. This means a lot to me after the marathon, because I was injured. I committed myself to this race and trained hard to make this team."
"I have to give thanks to my coach and training partners in Tucson. They are the ones that got me here."
"My coach told me to go out strong at the start and make it a man's race and to get rid of the pretenders. I wanted to keep it at the 65 or 66 pace. I didn't want any of this 67 or 68 business. I was prepared for anything and I tried to drop them, but in the last 300 meters I was really grinding it out. It was a great race and it's going to be hard for someone to beat me the way I feel now."
Galen Rupp, Olympic Qualifier, Second Team
"It's great, this has been a dream of mine since the day I started running. I'm speechless right now and to be able to do it here on the fourth of July means so much."
"This is what every runner aspires to do and the Olympics are your time to shine. This is something else. I knew Abdi was going to put up a fight with 300 to go, so I just went for it."
"I gave it everything I had, but Abdi is in another league right now and you can't deny that."
"Being able to run here in an Oregon uniform is great. Having the fans behind you is definitely a huge advantage."
Jorge Torres, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"I'm a first generation American. My parents came here with a dream to become American citizens and live the American dream. It is just very special that I have been given this opportunity. They have supported me all these years. They are great parents. They help my brother and my brother himself is just a great attribute to our family. He has just done so many things that help so much. I am just glad that one of us had made it to the next level. It is just a great opportunity to represent the United States of America."
"You never stop learning in your life. You are going to have ups and downs. One this is true, you can never give up your dreams because dreams become true."
"I told myself I was going to stick to the front and get myself a chance to win because I knew if I was close to the front I was going to make the team. That was the strategy I wanted. As soon as Abdi [Abdirahman] took off at the 5K, I knew I was going to go for the win. I knew if I hung on I would make the team and I did."
"I was in a comfort zone. I was great. I tightened up a little with two laps to go but I think it was just the excitement of knowing I had broken away and I was going to make the team. I was just glad that I made the team."
"Like I always said, it is just a learning experience. You are going to have ups and downs and I have taken early thing I have learned from the last time I made the World Championships and I took all that knowledge and put it together for this year. It all worked out and panned out."