Another week in Boston, another American record for distance runner Galen Rupp.
Having already set the indoor American record in the 5,000 meters at Boston University the other week, Rupp returned to the track on Saturday and broke the indoor American record in the two-mile. Rupp finished in a remarkable 8:07.49, breaking by two seconds the previous record held by Bernard Lagat.
However, as LetsRun.com points out, Rupp’s excellent performance on Saturday was almost even better. Rupp’s time was just on the cusp of the indoor/outdoor American record of 8:07.07. That mark is currently held by Matt Tegenkamp, who set the record in 2007.
Rupp was also on the verge of setting the world indoor record, too. That mark is held by Kenenisa Bekele, who ran a blistering 8:04.35 in 2008. However, there’s a big gap between that record and the outdoor record of 7:58.61 held by Daniel Komen, who recorded the time in 1997.
Brian Harvey finished in second on Saturday with a time of 8:51.48. Just behind him was Nick Karwoski, who finished in 8:51.55.
[Source: The Oregonian]