With British Olympic gold medalist and training partner Mo
Farah cheering him on, Rupp powered home in 26 minutes, 44.36
seconds to defeat Kenyan world bronze medalist Paul Tanui by
five seconds at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, his
Only Ethiopian world record holder Kenenisa Bekele has run
faster (26:25.97) on American soil.
"I surprised myself a little bit to run that fast," said the
28-year-old Rupp, who bettered the U.S. record of 26:48.00 he
set at Brussels in 2011.
"I wasn't thinking about the time until a quarter mile to go,
the last lap," the Oregon native added.
Kenyan Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha
returns from a year-long knee injury to face a high quality 800
meters field to highlight Saturday's action.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry; Editing by John O'Brien)
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