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Galen Rupp Pulls Out Of U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

He wants to focus on the 10,000m event.

He wants to focus on the 10,000m event.

Galen Rupp will use his time to focus on the 10,000m instead of trying to make the U.S. Olympic marathon team. Photo: PhotoRun.net

According to a report on the Oregon Live Web site, Galen Rupp, the current American record holder in the 10,000m, has decided not to take part in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. The former University of Oregon standout has never run a marathon before, but had qualified with his half-marathon time of 1:00:30 at the New York City Half Marathon in March. He indicated originally that he wanted to compete in the trials to keep his options open.

However, upon further thought, Rupp, who is coached by former New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar, reconsidered his decision, indicating he wants to focus on the 10,000m distance.

“In the 10K now, you have to be able to run really fast,” Rupp said. “You have to sprint at the end. It would be difficult to do all the speedwork for that, and still train for the marathon.

Rupp was seventh in the 10,000n at the World Championships in Athletics last August.

“If he runs a marathon now, he won’t be able to run in any indoor meets,” coach Salazar said. “It’s going to take a long time to recover. We wouldn’t be able to get back to work on his speed until March or April.”

For More: Oregon Live