The American record holder dropped out of the 10,000m with 18 laps to go.
Last weekend’s 10,000m race at the Prefontaine Classic was built up to be one of the biggest collections of American talent this year. Galen Rupp was to be there; so, too was American 10,000m record holder Chris Solinsky. However, that was not to be.
Galen Rupp didn’t even start the race, citing high pollen counts at the reason. And Solinsky ended up dropping out of the race with 18 laps to go. His excuse: a nagging hamstring injury. “I thought it was behind me, but obviously not,” he said immediately afterwards. “I’m very incredibly angry at myself to give away an opportunity to run with the best in the world.”
Mo Farah of Britain went on to win the race in 26:46:47–13 seconds faster than Solinsky’s record mark that was set at last year’s Payton Jordon Cardinal Invitational.
Solinsky had said him pulling out was “just a hiccup” and that he didn’t want to risk the rest of the year on “just this race”.
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