Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lomong, Schweizer superb in Doha finals

Lopez Lomong and Karissa Schweizer produced excellent showings on the final weekend of competition at the World Championships in Doha, Lomong coming home seventh in the 10,000m final in 27:04.72 to take 26 seconds off his best. Schweizer finished ninth in the women’s 5000m and took seven seconds off her PB with 14:45.18.

Lomong crowned a breakthrough year with his outstanding run in the men’s 10,000m final on Sunday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete running with the lead pack for the majority of the race as they churned out a strong pace.  Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei took victory in 26:48.35 ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha who clocked 26:49.34.

Lomong fought all the way to the line to take seventh in a massive personal best. “It was a PR and I did the best I can,” said Lomong. “I’m in great shape but I didn’t have it the last 1200 meters. I’m still learning the 10,000m so to come out with a PR, I’m happy.”

Schweizer was in action on Saturday night in the women’s 5000m final and in her first pro year, the Bowerman Track Club athlete showed her star potential once again. In what was a swift race, won by Kenya’s Hellen Obiri in a championship-record time of 14:26.72, Schweizer had the performance of her life to finish ninth in 14:45.18, moving the 23-year-old to fifth on the all-time US list.

“You always have to be happy when you walk away with a personal best,” she said. “I laid it all out there. Hopefully having this experience I’ll be able to be a factor next time.”

On Friday night, Germany’s Amos Bartelsmeyer brought his championships to a close when bowing out in the men’s 1500m semi-finals, finishing 11th in 3:37.74.

Watch the reactions of Lomong and Schweizer below in their interviews with Letsrun.com

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