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Galen Rupp sets American 10K record
Article Courtesy Andrew Greif at OregonLive.com
EUGENE -- Galen Rupp did it again.
The Nike Oregon Project star smashed his 2011 American record in the 10,000 meters on the first night of the Prefontaine Classic on Friday evening at Hayward Field, running 26 minutes, 44.36 seconds in front of a raucous crowd at his home track.
The time also is the fastest in the world this year.
Rupp's previous record was 26:48.0. He looked close to making an attempt as he hit the final lap five meters ahead of the chase pack but nailed down the record by running 1:59.7 over the race's final 800 meters. It's the second-fastest 10,000 ever run on U.S. soil.
"I surprised myself a little bit running that fast," Rupp said in an on-track interview after the race.
There was more good news, too: In the interview, Rupp revealed he and his wife, Keara, are expecting twins.
Stay on OregonLive.com for more updates. The Prefontaine Classic will continue Saturday at noon.
-- Andrew Greif | @andrewgreif
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