Posted on July 13 2016
On Day 1 of the 2016 Olympic Trials Galen Rupp won his 8th consecutive 10,000 meter title. His finishing time of 27:55.04 will go down as one of the slower winning times in history, but the time doesn't tell the whole story. Of the 28 athletes who started the race, only 20 finished due to the blistering heat, about 81 degrees at the start. Rupp threw in his second surge halfway through the race and within a few laps only Shadrack Kipchirchir was left with Rupp. Kipchirchir would take the lead on the last lap but Rupp used responded with 200 left to power home for the win and clinched his spot on the 10,000 meter team.
On Day 9 Galen Rupp and Eric Jenkins toed the line for the 5,000 meter final. Galen threw in a surge with 1600 to go, in an attempt to take the kick out of the other athletes in the field who had been training for the shorter distance. Galen led by 20 meters heading into the final lap but with 300 to go the pack passed Galen and the sprint was on. Jenkins made a late charge but came up just short finishing .06 seconds behind the 3rd and final spot on the team. Eric will head to Europe to chase some fast times and continue his first full season as a professional.
Day 10 saw the final of the Mens and Womens 1500's. Shannon Rowbury, who rebounded from food poisoning early in the week was looking for her first Outdoor title since 2009. Unfortunately Shannon found herself boxed in with 300 to go. At the point the decision was easy, play it safe and make the team. Shannon waited for a gap to open and with 100 to go powered away to finish safely in 2nd place and secure her 3rd straight trip to the Olympics.
The final event of the trials was the Mens 1500. Matthew used his experience to put himself in the perfect position to strike with 400 to go. Within a few seconds Matthew put 10 meters on the rest of the field and the there was no doubt who was winning this race. Matthew went on to win in 3:34.09, which broke the 30 yr old Olympic Trials record set by Steve Scott.
Rupp, Rowbury and Centrowitz will join teammates Mo Farah and Suguru Osako for one month of training camp before heading to Rio.