Athlete Quotes - Men's 5000m Semifinal
Matt Tegenkamp, 1st in Heat 1
"It felt pretty good, but it was a good rust-buster. My goal going into the finals is to make the team. I just need to continue to get the job done."
"I was very happy with my training going into this race. I'm 100 percent healthy and looking forward to Monday. The track was really comfortable. The crowd was great and I'm really looking forward to the final."
Jonathan Riley, 2nd in Heat 1
"I got the job done and that was the most important thing. It is never a guarantee to get to the next round. It was nice to close the first round well."
"I was fourth last year so I have to move up one spot. It is a very deep event this year though."
Bernard Lagat, 3rd in Heat 1
"I just wanted to get into position for a top-six finish."
"This is amazing. I'm happy to be doing this for the United States, and I'm happy to do this for my family. I'm just happy to be here."
Adam Goucher, Heat 1
"I felt really comfortable, like going for a Sunday jog."
"I was really boxed in, so it took me about 400 meters to get around everybody and get out."
"I'm excited for where I'm at right now. I'm in the best overall fitness I have ever been in. Feeling really good."
Galen Rupp, 1st in Heat 2
"Coming in, the best thing was to work out the kinks and feel the atmosphere. That's what it's all about. It was a great dress rehearsal today, and I'm going to get ready for the final."
"My focus is on the 10k, but we will see how things go."
"The people here are so great. I can't thank them enough for their support."
"There has been some speculation about me, and my health, but obviously if I wasn't feeling well, I would have backed off and took top six."
"Sunday is the day I will have to make a decision."
"I have been looking forward to this for a while. Being from here, it's awesome to be able to run here. The last month was ten times more mental than it was physical."
Chris Solinsky, 2nd in Heat 2
"It felt pretty good for my first 5k of the year. I put a little surge in the last 50 for gamesmanship but my primary concern was top six."
"It is a little hard to approach a prelim with maximum effort and intensity. The main concern is Monday."