Friday, June 22, 2018

Lomong creates history with US title


Lopez Lomong (image via Flotrack) produced a stunning last lap to take victory in the men’s 10,000m at the US Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete becoming the first man in almost a century to have won US titles at both 1500m and 10,000m.

It had been eight years since Lomong won the 1500m title, but he unleashed a blistering 54.16-second last lap to upset race favorite Shadrack Kipchirchir in the 25-lap event and win in 28:58.35.

Lomong’s victory was even more impressive given he had struggled with injury for much of the year.

“The thing is, it’s been a while,” Lomong said. “I’ve been battling a lot of injuries for the last three years. This year has just been perfect. Training has been amazing, everything has been clicking really well. [Chiropractor] John Ball fixed me up.”

For more, check out his post-race interview with Letsrun.com.

Elsewhere yesterday Jessica Tonn finished an impressive 11th in the women’s 10,000m final, the Brooks athlete clocking 32:47.29 in a race won by Molly Huddle in 31:52.32.

There was mixed fortunes for the 1500m men from Kimbia. Henry Wynne was unfortunately edged out of the final after being an unlucky fourth place in 3:46.20, a race where there was no non-automatic qualifiers. However, recent NCAA 5000m champion Sean McGorty is through to the final after finishing sixth in his heat in 3:41.43, while Izaic Yorks secured automatic qualification in the third heat, coming home third in 3:43.51.

In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, world silver medalist Courtney Frerichs cruised to victory in her heat in 9:42.02, and will now get ready for a clash with Emma Coburn in Saturday’s final.

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