Friday, July 26, 2019

Lomong storms to US 10,000m title

Lopez Lomong powered to his second straight US 10,000m title on the opening night of the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines on Thursday night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete taking his fourth US outdoor title in total.

The 34-year-old burnt off chief rival Shadrack Kipchirchir on the final lap with a typically blazing finish, clocking a 55.59 last lap to come home in a whopping personal best of 27:30.06, a stadium record. Kipchirchir was second in 27:47.71. Lomong covered his final 1600m in an astonishing 4:10.37 and had such a cushion on the final lap that he was able to start celebrating early.

Jess Tonn had a fine run in the women’s 10,000m final, finishing eighth in 33:01.84, a race won by Molly Huddle in 31:58.47. In the opening round of the women’s 1500m, Elise Cranny  coasted to victory in her heat in 4:19.99, just ahead of Jenny Simpson. MJ Erb narrowly missed the final of the 3000m steeplechase after finishing seventh in his heat in 8:39.69

Lomong will be back in action in the 1500m heats today. Watch his full reaction below via as he tells the inspirational tale of resilience. Image: PhotoRun

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