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RunBlogRun opines: Very sad about Nick Symmonds injuries three weeks ago. He will be missed in Eugene. I think, though, that Nick was whispering in Cas Loxsom's ear as he went from round to round.

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RunBlogRun opines: This may be the finest and most hard won championship in Galen Rupp's eight 10,000 meter victorys. Here is RRW's view of the fine race from Day 1. Rupp_Kipchirchir_Korir_Olympic_Trials_2016_10K_Podium_Lotsbom.jpg

PHOTO: Galen Rupp, Shadrack Kipchirchir and Leonard Korir show off their medals after the 10,000m at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly, story and photo used with permission.

**Gebremeskel, True Impress In Elite Races**
By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

PHOTO: High school junior Kate Murphy of Burke, Va., wins the high school 1500m at the first adidas Boost Games in Somerville, Mass., on June 17, 2016 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)


PHOTO: Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia competing at the 5000m at the first adidas Boost Games in Somerville, Mass., on June 17, 2016 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

SOMERVILLE, Mass., USA (17-Jun) -- For a meet that was filled with Olympic medalists and global stars, it was high school junior Kate Murphy who had the most jaw-dropping performance here at the first adidas Boost Boston Games. Only 16 years-old, Murphy stormed to an upset victory over Katie Rainsberger in the adidas Dream High School 1500m, posting a time of 4:07.21. The mark is the third-fastest ever by an American high school girl, and was even quicker than the winner of the women's professional race here tonight.

"Ummmm wow," said a speechless Murphy when told that her time was better than Corey McGee's 4:08.65, posted to win the women's pro race. It also qualified Murphy for the U.S. Olympic Trials. "I was trying to race fast... I don't know [what to think]!"

McGee's response was apropos: "I wish I was in the high school race! Wow that's fast!"

Murphy, a native of Burke, Va., burst onto the scene last year when she won a Penn Relays wheel and ran 4:16.98 to win the USA junior title. Improving steadily, she didn't think a time like 4:07 was possible today. She simply wanted to run against her competition.

"Coming in I knew I needed to get it done, this field was not joking around," she said. "When I went out I felt really good and this was one of my last shots at getting [the Olympic Trials standard]. I was just trying to be really brave and I pushed the pace because I knew I didn't want to come through with one lap and close really, really hard. So I just felt really, really good."

Facing Rainsberger, who will attend the University of Oregon next fall, Murphy kept her focus lap after lap and completed her final circuit in 62.05 well out ahead of the field; she'd win over Rainsberger 4:07.21 to 4:14.12. For her efforts and winning time, Murphy earned both the Champion's Belt (similar to what a world-class boxer would don) and a starting spot for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in July.

"It feels amazing. I've been patient over this whole season, and I feel like it really all came together," she said. "My number one goal was just to come out and compete.... The goal was to compete and really just be brave."

Murphy's time ranks only behind Mary Cain (4:04.62 in 2013) and Alexa Efraimson (4:07.05 in 2014) on the all-time USA high school list. Exhausted from the effort and still gasping for air some 30 minutes after her race, she was elated and still trying to comprehend the effort.

In the professional section, McGee held off Rachel Schneider and Mary Cain in a tough, tactical race. McGee's time was 4:08.65, with her competitors 4:09.29 and 4:10.84 respectively. Though not as quick as Murphy, McGee took confidence from the performance.

"It's fun to win, so I'm definitely excited about that," said McGee, who trains in the Boston area. "I think it will take faster than what I ran today to get into the [Olympic Trials] final. I'm not too worried about it, I know it will come."

Mary Cain did not speak to the media after her race, telling Race Results Weekly that she had to go quickly to do a workout elsewhere.

A pair of Olympic medalists in Dejen Gebremeskel and Meseret Defar took to the track for 5000m seeking times good enough for Olympic selection by the Ethiopian federation. One would succeed, while the other likely faltered despite giving her all.

Gebremeskel and countryman Hagos Gebrhiwet traded the lead multiple times lap after lap, keeping the tempo consistent on 13:00 pace. Knowing that they'd need to run 13:00 or better to jump into the top three on their national descending list, the pair used the crowd's roars to their advantage. Standing in lane five, the crowd clapped and screamed the competitors onwards.

Through 3000m in 7:50.98 and hitting the bell lap with 12:02.42 on the clock, both Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwet picked up the pace as much as they could, rounding the track in 57.48 seconds. They were rewarded with times of 12:59.89 (Gebremeskel) and 13:00.20 (Gebrhiwet), good enough for second and fourth in the world this year (not to mention second and third fastest among Ethiopians).

"This was really fantastic, a really nice race," said Gebremeskel, the reigning Olympic silver medalist at 5000m. "They ran 13:03 [in Stockholm at yesterday's IAAF Diamond League meet] but we run 12:59.89, so I am so glad to run this meet in Boston.

"I came four times to Boston and I win four times," Gebremeskel said, reflecting on his success at the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. Invitational Mile, and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. "In my mind, I feel I can win and will win when I come to Boston. I always come to run fast in Boston... Before I came I say that I could run under 13-flat and a world lead and I came here and run that [under 13 minutes] and I am so happy."

Gebrhiwet, who sported sleek red adidas sunglasses he got here in Boston, was pleased as well. In halting English, he noted that working with Gebremeskel helped him very much, and that he was extremely happy to be among Ethiopia's top three athletes at the moment.

As for Defar, a 15:06.96 winning time would not be enough to crack into the top 20 globally. Dealing with a pair of calf injuries that flared up mid-race, Defar hung tough to earn a commanding, six second win over Americans Marielle Hall (15:13.66) and Abbey D'Agostino (15:22.29). Running most of the race alone, Defar drew an ovation from the crowd.

"I am not satisfied with the time," Defar said. "It is a difficult time for me now because the Olympics is too close, the deadline is maybe only 25 days [away]. I don't know what happens after this, but I will try my best. This is a difficult moment in my athletics career."

Trying to enter this year's U.S. Olympic Trials without any pressure, Hall stuck to her plan and got another step closer to making her first Olympic team.

"It's not about training anymore. The people who make the team are the one's who think they are going to make the team, you know," Hall said. "I'm going into it confident and positive. I'm just going to trust my coach, trust the advice that he gives me, and on race day put myself in it. I know I'm good enough to compete with the best, and that's what I'm going to do."

D'Agostino was grateful to be healthy and fit with three weeks to go until the Trials. After a tumultuous year and a half of injuries, she's making the most of every day running.

"I'm really thankful and I know that more work can be done in the next three weeks," she said. "I'm on the track and back to normal now."

Sadly, Britain's Jo Pavey just missed the Olympic 5000m standard of 15:24.00, running 15:24.74. If it weren't for a brief stumble on the rail near the finish, she may have had the mark and a ticket to her fifth Olympic Games.

Not known as a miler, American long-distance ace Ben True stole the thunder in the men's 1500m, recording the fastest time by an American this year (and an Olympic qualifying standard) of 3:36.05. Though he didn't win, True's mark was by far the most impressive of the contest. Kenya's Collins Cheboi prevailed in a sprint to the line over Nick Willis, winning 3:35.82 to 3:35.95.

"Man that was quick!" True proclaimed after the race, smiling at media members track-side. Having not raced a 1500m in years, True got the most of dropping down in distance; his race was over in the blink of an eye.

"I was a little surprised," True said of his time. Now primarily healthy (though still dealing with occasional nagging pain in his Achilles), he is gearing up for the Trials distance double. Though first he'd test his speed. "Two years ago I did a time trial on the Dartmouth track by myself and ran 3:37; my training partner at the time Sam Chelanga held the stopwatch for me. So I knew I was a little bit faster than my PR from I don't know how many years ago indicated. But no, I did not think that I was going to have the strength that I had."

True says he'll race both the 5000m and 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials, though if he was to qualify for both he'd chose the 5000m. Calling the 5000m a 'whole different animal' compared to the 1500m, the Dartmouth alum did think that this was a good indication of his fitness.

Ajee' Wilson and Molly Ludlow both dipped under the 2:00 barrier in the women's 800m, finishing a stride ahead of the field. Wilson took control of the slow pace after the bell was hit in 59.44, and went on to win in 1:59.72 to Ludlow's 1:59.93.

"I wasn't sure how the race was going to go," Wilson said. "I definitely have gotten better since my last race. My coach and I have tried to time this perfectly [peak-wise] and I think we are on the right track."

Jack Salisbury of Rhode Island won the adidas High School Boys' Dream Mile, overtaking favorite Thomas Ratcliffe steps from the line. Their times were 4:04.20 and 4:04.41.

"I knew I could pick off kids, I knew I was probably going to run a PR, but I didn't know I could win," said Salisbury. "Honestly I didn't know I could win until 80 or 90 [meters] to go."

The adidas Boost Boston Games continue tomorrow, as sprints take center stage in downtown Boston as part of a street meet festival.

Symmonds_NickFHL1a-USout15.JPGNick Symmonds wins 2015 USATF Outdoors, photo by

RunGum, the company founded by Nick Symmonds, and the company he uses to support a plethora of young athletes, has lost in the courts. They challenged the USOC's primacy by using the Sherman Anti-Trust act.

Hats off for Nicky Symmonds trying to challenge the system currently in place.

The review of the case in the NATLAWREVIEW.COM is quite compelling. Read on.

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PHOTO: Meet director Mark Wetmore holds an artist's rendering of the track which will be used for the first adidas Boost Games to be held in Boston on June 17 & 18 (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
The handsome gent with the digitally enhanced photo of the soon to be adidas BOOST Boston Games is Mark Wetmore. Mark is the founder and principal with Global Athletics & Marketing, which put on the adidas NYC GP for over a dozen years and the NB Indoor in Boston for twenty years.
The adidas BOOST Boston Games will be old school meets new school. Combining the best of old school track and new school track, Wetmore hopes to bring new eyeballs, fans and participants into the sport. And so does adidas, his major sponsor. The number two footwear and apparel brand in the world, adidas has the longest heritage of any brand besides Reebok (which it owns). adidas has been looking for ways to bring in the Next Gen, the alert, astute and mobile 14-22 year olds who will be the next great wave of consumers locally, nationally and globally. The adidas BOOST Boston Games is one of those events that adidas sees to have the potential to bring Next Gen aboard.
Watch for more details on adidas BOOST Boston Games, to be held June 17-18. And yes, as Gil Scot-Heron said so many years ago, the revolution will be televised (streaming video).

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PHOTO: Brie Felnagle (r) leads Brook Handler, Emily Lipari and Lianne Farber in the mile at the 2016 Adrian Martinez Classic (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission.
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Larry Eder comments: Asbel Kiprop is, in my mind, the finest miler active today. He is the man to beat in Rio, and he knows it. His performance at Pre Classic yesterday was playful. Kiprop has the ability to change gears over the last 300 meters like no one else. On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Asbel Kiprop won his fourth mile title. Here is how David Monti saw the Pre Classic...
By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

EUGENE, Ore. (27-May) -- In 2012 Asbel Kiprop came here to race the Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic. He was the reigning Olympic and world 1500m champion and he prevailed over 18 other top milers in a world-leading 3:49.40. It was his third victory here, but he had hoped to run faster.

"I'm happy I won and I like to win," Kiprop told Race Results Weekly in 2012, lamenting his time. "Sometimes it happens that way."

Fast forward four years, and at today's 42nd Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field a similar race played out for Kiprop, now 26. Off of a slow first quarter (58.0 seconds), the lanky Kenyan once again got the win with a powerful stretch run, but he was disappointed with his time of 3:51.54. Like in 2012, he had hoped to run a career best.

"I feel good," said the always serious Kiprop, squarely meeting this reporter's gaze. "However, I'm a little bit disappointed because I wanted to run my personal best here today. It didn't happen."

Kiprop, who made his eighth appearance at what is now America's only IAAF Diamond League Meeting, stayed near the front of the race the entire way, avoiding trouble. When Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider surged on the backstretch in the final lap, Kiprop tracked his move with confidence, then powered past the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist after rounding the Bowerman Curve. Iguider got second (3:51.96) and Kenya's Elijah Manangoi clinched third in 3:52.39.

"This is my fourth win," Kiprop said proudly. "I'm really excited to claim the victory. However, what I expected actually was to run a PB."

Well behind Kiprop, American high schooler Drew Hunter finished 12th (and last), but once again broke four minutes, clocking 3:58.88, his third sub-4:00 clocking of the year. That left Alan Webb, who watched today's race trackside with Hunter's parents, still the USA high school record holder. Webb, now 33, ran 3:53.43 at this meeting back in 2001.

"I thought I was pretty tough in there," Hunter told reporters, looking woozy. "I've never had that bad of lactic acid the last 100 meters in my entire life."

In the undercard International Mile, Britain's Charlie Grice continued his winning ways, streaking away from the field to win in a personal best 3:52.64. Grice also won the 800m at the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic two Fridays ago in Los Angeles, also setting a PB (1:46.95).

"I was really happy with it," said Grice who looks forward to qualifying for the British Olympic team next month. "I knew my speed was there, and like I was saying to you earlier, I was in Flagstaff for the last six weeks, and I knew my strength. So, I knew I'd be on for a good mile time."

Another American high schooler, Michael Slagowski, ran the second sub-4:00 of his career, clocking 3:59.78 to finish fourth. He finished just ahead of 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Leo Manzano (4:00.27).

In a fast women's 1500 --superbly paced by Chanelle Price, the 2014 IAAF World Indoor 800m champion-- Kenya's Faith Kipyegon rocked the house with a Kenyan and USA all-comer record of 3:56.41, breaking her own mark from the Shanghai Diamond League meeting two weeks ago. A pair of Ethiopians took second and third, Dawit Seyaum (3:58.10) and Gudaf Tsegay (4:00.18). American Jenny Simpson, the 2011 world 1500m champion, took fourth in a season's best 4:01.57.

"I was not expecting to run quicker than I did in Shanghai," said Kipyegon who clocked 3:56.82 in China. "I thank God because I won this race, and it was a good race." Looking forward to the Kenyan Olympic Trials next month she added: "I have the confidence to make the team for Rio."

Also running fast was Bahrain's Ruth Jebet in the women's steeplechase. With a spirited sprint finish against Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng, last year's world champion, Jebet ran the fastest time ever in North American: 8:59.97. She became just the second woman to break nine minutes for the steeplechase. Kiyeng was just a whisker behind in 9:00.01, shattering the Kenyan record.

In third place, Emma Coburn broke training partner Jenny Simpson's American record of 9:12.50, clocking 9:10.76 in her first steeplechase since last September. Coburn --who had previously run faster than Simpson (9:11.42), but was denied a national record because she wasn't drug tested-- was pleasantly surprised by her performance today. She said in an interview yesterday that she wasn't expecting to run fast in her season opener.

"Today was great," a beaming Coburn said, hands on hips. "I saw after Shanghai that the Kenyans were going to be running fast, so I was happy to just run conservative in comparison to them early on, then just start clicking it off. Luckily, they ran fast enough that it got single file at about halfway. So, I had a clear track but also had the benefit of someone to chase."

Simpson, who hasn't run a steeplechase since 2009, was genuinely thrilled for her teammate.

"There's not a bigger fan of her in the world than me," said Simpson, whose voice cracked with emotion. "It's just really sweet to see her do so well. I said this before --and I feel this way-- you don't get to watch the person prepare to break your record, and I get to see that every day. I'm just really happy for her."

In the men's 5000m, two-time world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor nearly won the race, leading the final laps after the pacemakers had retired. But Kamworor, second at last November's TCS New York City Marathon, had to settle for the runner-up position in a personal best 12:59.98 after being out-kicked by Ethiopia's Muktar Edris who clocked 12:59.43. Canada's Mo Ahmed --who made a last lap effort to win the race but was chased down-- finished third in a new Canadian record of 13:01.74. Hassan Mead was the top USA finisher, clocking season's best 13:04.17 in sixth place.

"I was not sure (if I would win), but I knew I was going to run a personal best," said Kamworor.

The only home country distance or middle distance victory came in the men's 800m. Newly-crowned world indoor champion Boris Berian muscled his way to victory, holding off a charging Ferguson Cheruiyot of Kenya in the homestretch, 1:44.20 to 1:44.56. His was the fastest time run outside of one meet in Kenya so far this year.

"I'm out here to run," said Berian who refused to engage the media about a pending lawsuit from former sponsor Nike, also the sponsor of the Prefontaine Classic. "That's my job. That's what I love to do." He continued: "Coming up the last stretch, I just give it all I got."

For 41 year-old Bernard Lagat, his 15th and final appearance at the Prefontaine Classic was disappointing. Battling a cold, he was forced to drop out of the 5000m.

"The thing is I've been having a bad cold, as you can hear, since Monday," he told reporters. "I saw a doctor two nights ago and, let me tell you, I've been trying to run really hard here, but I couldn't. My chest was burning like crazy."

Many of the American athletes who competed here today will be back in Eugene for the USA Olympic Trials which run from July 1st through the 10th.
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Larry Eder comments: The Pre Classic 10,000m is a place where young Kenyan, Ethiopians and Bahranians get a chance to knock on the door of greatness. Mo Farah was challenged more here than he has been in years. He also knows that Ibrahim Jelian just ran his first PB since 2006, when was a young one of 17. Mo also knows that Zersenay Tedese did quite, well, having run his first 10,000m in at least five years. Rio will be competitive, to say the least. Here is a another view of the 10,000m and Distance night from our friend, David Monti.
By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2016 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

EUGENE, ORE. (27-May) -- Coming into tonight's Distance Night at Hayward, the first session of the two-day Prefontaine Classic, double Olympic champion Mo Farah hadn't lost a 10,000m race since 2011. That streak included his Olympic title in London in 2012, IAAF World Championships victories in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing in 2015, and the European title in Zurich in 2014.

Here tonight at historic Hayward Field, Farah kept his undefeated streak alive with a world-leading 26:53.71, but had to beat back surprising challenges from two athletes he admitted he didn't even know: Kenyans William Malel Sitonik, a Japan-based runner who competes for the Honda corporate team, and Nicholas Mboroto Kosimbei, the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships bronze medalist.

"I didn't know who he was!" Farah told reporters after the race, not specifying which man he was referring to. "It was very surprising."

After early pacemakers, German Fernandez and Titus Mbishei, dropped out, the field of 28 men was towed around the track by Bahrain's Albert Rop. The Kenyan-born Rop settled the field down and took them through half way in 13:23.2, slightly slower than the 13:20 which organizers had targeted. Farah stayed nestled behind Rop, and the race seemed to be going to form.

But a lap later, Farah hit a mid-race slump, falling back to eighth position.

"Honestly, I felt good in the beginning, but mid-race I kind of felt sluggish," Farah said. "Just didn't quite get moving."

Rop dropped out after hitting the 8-K point (21:36.2), and then the race got interesting. With a 63.5-second lap, Kosimbei gapped the field, leaving Farah in his wake to tow along the chase pack. Farah wasn't happy with his position.

"I had to make a decision," Farah explained. "Continue pushing with the guys sitting behind me, or try and win the race."

Kosimbei still had the lead with four laps to go, but Farah would soon reel him in and draw even. The two men shared the lead with three laps to go, followed closely by Sitonik and all-purpose road racer Stephen Sambu, another Kenyan. Farah now seemed poised to squeeze down the pace for the last two laps, and put the race away, but Sitonik had different ideas. With 250 meters to go, Sitonik shot ahead, catching Farah off guard. Farah started to recall what happened in the 2011 IAAF World Championships when another athlete unfamiliar to him, Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan, went past him and won the gold medal.

"Daegu, I remember, Jeilan was like, I'd never heard of him," Farah recalled. "He comes to the World Championships in the 10-K and he run past me. You can't take it for granted."

Clad in white kit, Sitonik flew around the Bowerman Curve into the homestretch leading by a few steps. Farah's pride was on the line now, he he didn't want to lose at Hayward. The Briton began to sprint furiously in lane-2, and swept past his much younger rival inside of the last 60 meters to get the win.

"I was just testing the guy to see what he's got," Farah joked with reporters. Then he added: "No. I got the crowd behind me. I was just going to go win it. I don't want to lose a track race here."

Sitonik finished a close second in 26:54.66 (his first-ever sub-27:00 clocking), followed by Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia in 26:57.33. Sambu was the fourth and final athlete to break 27-minutes (26:58.25); Kosimbei finished seventh in a career best 27:02.59. A total of 19 men broke 28 minutes, including the USA's Eric Jenkins who got an Olympic Games qualifying mark of 27:48.02 in 16th place.

"That was hard," said Jenkins who ended up leading the race's second group for most of the distance. "Definitely hard, but that's what we were expecting. I did a lot of the work, a lot of work."

Despite getting the victory and a world leader, Farah wasn't pleased with his time.

"To be honest, I was kind of disappointed to run that time," he said. "I was hoping to run a lot faster than than. I'm in great shape."

In the other big race here tonight, Kenya's Hellen Obiri used her 3:57 1500m speed to run away from a stacked field in the 5000m in 14:32.02. Obiri beat a trio of top Kenyans --Viola Kibiwot, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono-- with a powerful last lap move.

"One lap to go," said Obiri when asked when she knew she had the victory. "Because Viola Kibiwot was behind me, so I started to move with 200 meters to go."

Kibiwot finished second in 14:35.13, and Cheruiyot was third in 14:35.69.

Back in 11th position, Molly Huddle made a credible attempt to break her own American record of 14:42.64. She fell short, but nonetheless ran a very solid 14:48.14, the fastest 5-K by an American woman this year.

"I thought I had nothing to lose, so I stuck my nose in there," Huddle said. She added: "Like a little bit on the rusty side, but hopefully I can sharpen up from there."

In the USATF High Performance 800m, Alysia Montano held off a late charge by Kate Grace to get the win in 2:00.78 to 2:01.16.

"It was awesome!" said the always bubbly Montano. She added: "For me, tonight was great."

Grace, who won the 1500m at the Hoke One One meet last Friday in Los Angeles, was also pleased with her performance.

"I'm happy to always finish every race this season on the podium," Grace said. "If I keep doing that, I'll be alright."


PHOTO: Dana Zatopkova cuts the ribbon to open the Emil Zatopek exhibit at the Running Mall in Prague with RunCzech President Carlo Capalbo (center). Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly, used with permission.

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PHOTO: The top elite men competing in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon (from left to right): Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia; Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea; and Eliud Kipchoge, Dennis Kimetto, Stanley Biwott and Wilson Kipsang of Kenya (photo by Jane Monti for Race ResultsWeekly)

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