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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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UCI looks for new host for 2020 World Road Cycling Championships

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) is looking for a new host for the 2020 World Road Cycling Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland can no longer host the week-long event in late September after a national decision to extend a ban on events with more than 1,000 people through next month.

Amid reports the competition has been canceled, the UCI clarified Wednesday that it still hopes to hold it in some form, perhaps without some of the junior or senior races.

It now seeks an “alternative project,” preferably still in Europe and on the same dates (Sept. 20-27).

Worlds were due to start in Switzerland on the same day that the rescheduled Tour de France ends, though the senior elite men’s races are typically not on the first three days.

The Tour de France is still scheduled to start Aug. 29.

Last year, American Chloe Dygert starred at road worlds, winning the time trial in dominant fashion. Other world champions in Olympic events: Annemiek van Vleuten (road race), Rohan Dennis (time trial) and Mads Pedersen (road race).

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Michael Phelps qualifies for first Olympics at age 15 in 2000

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In the biggest race of his young life, a 15-year-old Michael Phelps turned for the last 50 meters in fourth place of the U.S. Olympic Trials 200m butterfly final on Aug. 12, 2000.

His mom, Debbie, couldn’t watch. She turned away from the Indianapolis Natatorium pool and stared at the scoreboard. Both Debbie and Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, mentally prepared their consolation speeches for the rising Towson High School sophomore outside Baltimore.

Then Phelps, fueled by nightly Adam’s Mark chicken sandwich-and-cheesecake room service and amped by pre-race DMX on his CD player, turned it on. He zoomed into second place, becoming the youngest U.S. male swimmer to qualify for an Olympics since 1932.

Phelps had “come out of nowhere in the last six months” to become an Olympic hopeful, NBC Sports swimming commentator Dan Hicks said on the broadcast. True, Phelps chopped five and a half seconds off his personal best that March.

“He doesn’t know what it means to go to the Olympics and how it’s going to change his life,” Tom Malchow, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist who held off Phelps in that trials final, said that night, according to The Associated Press. “He’s going to find out soon.”

Phelps, who did his trademark arm flaps before the trials final, made Bowman look like a prophet. Four years earlier, the coach sat Debbie down for a conversation she would not soon forget.

“Told me what he projected for Michael,” Debbie said, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s front-page story on a local 15-year-old qualifying for the Sydney Games. “He said that in 2004, he would definitely be a factor in the Olympics. He also said that he could be there in 2000, to watch out for him. At the time, he was only 11.”

The trials were bittersweet for the Phelps family. Whitney, one of Phelps’ older sisters, withdrew before the meet with herniated discs in her back that kept her from making an Olympics after competing in the 1994 World Championships at age 14.

After Phelps qualified for the Olympics, one of the first people to embrace him was Whitney on the pool deck.

The next week, Phelps, still with bottom-teeth braces, did his first live TV sitdown on CNN, swiveling in his chair the whole time, according to his autobiography, “Beneath the Surface.”

The next month, Phelps finished fifth in his Olympic debut, clocking a then-personal-best time that would have earned gold or silver at every previous Olympics.

Following the Olympic race, gold medalist Malchow patted Phelps on the back, according to “No Limits,” another Phelps autobiography. What did Malchow say?

“The best is ahead of you.”

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