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Galen Rupp sets American 10K record

American distance star Galen Rupp smashes his own American 10K record in 26:44.36

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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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Rupp is crazy. I'm pretty sure that that's like 4:20 mile pace.

Ethan Kelly
Jun 02 2014 06:42 PM

4:18 per mile. That's nuts. He just keeps getting better. I can't wait to see what he does at World Championships.

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