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Galen Rupp wins 10,000m at Olympic Track Trials

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Pick a distance, any distance, and Galen Rupp can run it.

Already qualified for the marathon, Rupp added the 10,000 meters to his list Friday night at Olympic trials. Next up, he’ll try to make it at 5K, as well.

If — more like when — that happens, he says he’ll choose two of the three to run in Rio. Racing in all three would simply be too much, even for Rupp.

Rupp is leaning toward running the 10,000, especially given the way he won at trials. He threw surge after surge at Shadrack Kipchirchir and Leonard Korir — both of whom run for the Army’s World Class Athlete Program in Fort Carson, Colorado — and finished to a loud ovation. No surprise, since Rupp rose to prominence at Hayward Field as a member of the Oregon Ducks.

“It was tough. It wasn’t easy. I was pushing pretty hard,” said Rupp, who finished in 27 minutes, 55.04 seconds, more than 6 second clear of Kipchirchir. “I made a couple surges with five or six laps to go, kind of testing out Shadrack. He was always on me. He was right there. I wanted to make it a tough race.”

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Now, Rupp will recover. He’s got the first round of the 5,000 on Monday and — if he qualifies — the final five days later.

Rupp won the Olympic marathon trials during his debut at that distance in February in Los Angeles. Nothing seems to slow him down.

But it has been tough to balance the training between the marathon and 5,000. For the marathon, he goes on more long runs. For the 5,000, he does more speed work.

“We run a fine line, do a lot of miles — a lot of long, hard runs,” Rupp explained. “It’s hard to recover from. It’s really hard to do that, come back and do the speed work. It’s been a little bit of a learning process, sometimes coming back too soon and can’t hit a workout. We’re always adjusting and figuring it out.”

The 30-year-old Rupp is the Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters.

“What impresses me most is his work ethic, his mental toughness,” his coach, Alberto Salazar, said. “All the pressure and limelight on him, sometimes bad, sometimes good. He doesn’t care. He puts it aside.”

As for his say in the matter of what races Rupp will run, Salazar wants to wait and see.

“He’ll make a decision between 5,000 and the marathon. He can’t run all three,” Salazar said. “He does everything right. He dedicates his life (to running). The only thing that ever takes him away from running for an instant is his family. That’s it.”

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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