Friday, August 27, 2010

One For the Books: Solinsky’s 2010 Concludes Sunday

You know the times Chris Solinsky has put up this year. Now, here’s a little perspective to go with them, before he finishes up his season in Rieti on Sunday:

  • Solinsky owns the #1 all-time American performance for 10,000m. With room to spare.
  • He is the only American ever to have run under 12:58 more than once.
  • He is the only American ever to have run under 12:59 three times.
  • In 2010, Solinsky averaged 12:59 for the 5000m in four races.
  • This season alone, he turned in the #2, #4, and #5 all-time American performances for 5,000m… 60% of the five best performances in US history!

By comparison, the fastest 5000m season, prior to Solinsky’s 2010, would have to go to a fellow member of the KIMbia family — Bob Kennedy, in 1996.  Kennedy’s record in 5000m finals that year was a staggering 13:12.14, 12:58.75 (AR), 13:12.35, 12:58.21 (AR), 13:06.12, 13:04.14, and 13:20.24.  At the time, those races notched the #1, #2, #6, #8, #11 and #12 American performances of all time. (#4, #5, #7, and #9 also belonged to him, from prior seasons. The word “wow,” comes to mind.) Kennedy’s average 5000m from that season is an extremely impressive 13:07.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Solinsky Speaks: Zurich Post-Race

Chris spent some time in the mixed zone after his race in Zurich, breaking down his thoughts on the last 5000m he would run in this stellar season.

Thoughts on the race itself:

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Solinsky: Race Day

Last year, Chris Solinsky‘s PB was 13:12. A good time for an American distance runner: a very good time for an active American distance runner. He made his first World Championships team. But he wanted more.

This past week, Chris was marveling at how prescient some of his words from last summer have turned out to be, words captured in the final episode of Wisconsin to Worlds. Watch below:

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Solinsky: Weltklasse Zurich Press Conference

Fast fact: Chris Solinsky had never done a press conference in his entire career as an elite runner. No longer. Solinsky made an appearance at the press conference for Weltklasse Zurich, along with some of the most sought-after names in the sport: Lolo Jones, David Oliver, Mo Farah, Carmelita Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown, among others. Here’s a clip in which he addresses — once more — all the interest in his unique blend of speed and size:

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Solinsky: What Motivates For Zurich and Beyond

OK, so you’ve run some of the fastest times of any American ever.  You can mix it up with the big boys on the pro circuit.  What’s next?  Chris Solinsky talks here, just three days before he races in Zurich, about wanting to take the next step and start making all the other big boys worry.

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