Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tegenkamp Places 2nd in 10k at Olympic Trials

Matt Tegenkamp qualifies to his second Olympic team, by placing 2nd in the 10,000m at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Photo by Randy Miyazaki, TrackandFieldPhoto.com

Matt Tegenkamp overcame the elements on Friday and qualified to London in the 10,000m with a second place finish at the US Olympic Trials. Posting a time of 27:33.94 in a race that began under a steady downpour, Tegenkamp ensured his spot on the Olympic team by working from behind and moving up into the needed Top-3 place throughout the race. As winner Galen Rupp separated himself, Tegenkamp moved ahead of Dathan Ritzenhein at the bell and never looked back.

Teg’s teammates Brent Vaughn and Tim Nelson also competed, placing 7th and 14th, respectively, with Vaughn hanging in the hunt for a qualifying spot until late.

Hailing from the state of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin, Tegenkamp spoke after the race about preferring running in hot and humid Midwest weather rather than the rain and cold of Oregon.┬áTegenkamp ran the Olympic “A” Standard previously at the 2011 Payton Jordan Invitational in a PR of 27:28.22. This will be Tegenkamp’s second Olympic Games after placing 13th in the 5k at the 2008 Olympic’s in Beijing.

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