Monday, May 3, 2010

Solinsky and Bairu Obliterate National 10k Records at Stanford

KIMbia athletes did the memory of Kim McDonald proud on Saturday night, as Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu smashed the American and Canadian national records, respectively, in the 10,000m race that bears McDonald’s name.

Last year, Tim Nelson won this race in a strong 27:39. In 2010, seven KIMbia athletes toed the starting line for the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, and this time, the results were outright astounding.  Chris Solinsky ran steadily in the lead pack for the duration of the race, before stepping around race leader Galen Rupp and making an explosive move with 900 meters to go. Solinsky covered the final two laps in under 2:00 to shock running fans the world over and stop the clock at 26:59.60 — a new American record by an eye-popping fourteen seconds.  Moments later, teammate Simon Bairu would complete his own impressive run, logging a 27:23.63 to set a new Canadian national record. Bairu’s time peeled 12.38 seconds off of the previous record.

Oh, and Tim Nelson? He ran 27:31.56 — an terrific eight-second PB. But this year, on an historic night, it would “only” place him seventh. Clearly, the legacy of Kim McDonald lives on in the performances of the athletes running under the “KIMbia” banner and in the ever-improving performances of athletes around the world. Following Nelson in were Brent Vaughn, making his professional debut at this distance (13th, 28:05), Boaz Cheboiywo (14th, 28:06), and Jason Hartmann (19th, 28:25). Full results can be found here, and a video of the race is at the bottom of the page.

We will have much more on Solinsky and Bairu’s record-breaking races as we move into the week.

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2 responses to “Solinsky and Bairu Obliterate National 10k Records at Stanford”

  1. Jimmy Holub says:

    AWE-SOME!!! I was jumping up and down cheering while watching the race video even though I knew beforehand that Chris had done it! Chris looked incredibly strong, like a man among boys. Never looked like he was straining until the last half mile when he kicked. I remember back in 2008 US Olympic Trials when Chris did not have a kick for the 5000m – well, not compared to that field anyway. I think Teg always had a kick, and squeaked a finished in the top 3 at 2008 USOT because of it (had a breathing issue during race?). I’ve been wondering since UW days if Teg is best at 3000m~5000m, Chris at 10,000m and Bairu at Half Marathon. Kick behavior & execution is the main thing that made me wonder. We’ll see how their careers actually play out. On, Wisconsin!

  2. Stephen Bolle says:

    And the video cuts out in the homestretch of Chris’ geat run… What gives????

    Unbelieveable race! Huge congratulations to Chris, Jerry and all those Badger guys. And the UW distance runners gotto see it. Amazing!