Friday, September 3, 2010

Solinsky Wraps 2010 with PB, Bizuneh is US 10-Mile Champ

Half a world apart, Chris Solinsky and Fasil Bizuneh each spent the weekend turning in strong performances in towns off the beaten path.

Solinsky wrapped up a banner 2010 campaign with a PB, running 7:34.32 for 3,000m to take 5th in Rieti, a hilltop town northeast of Rome.  Placing 5th in an outstanding field that featured Bernard Lagat and Tariku Bekele, Solinsky bettered his previous lifetime best by almost two and a half seconds.  While the American record of 7:30.84 may have been in mind, going in, Solinsky’s performance came on the heels of several days feeling under the weather, and what he described as feeling “stung” from his outstanding effort in Zurich, the week prior.  Thought Lagat snagged the headlines by lowering the American record to 7:29.00, Solinsky is already looking forward to some downtime back home in the Midwest, recovering from a landmark 2010, and recharging for a renewed effort to make 2011 an even more historic season.

Meanwhile, in the heart of the Midwest, Bizuneh snagged his first-ever US title, winning the USATF 10-Mile Championship with a time of 47:29. Contested as part of the Crim 10-Mile in Flint, MI, Bizuneh was the first American across the line, and the fourth finisher, overall, just five ticks out of third place. His KIMbia teammate Boaz Cheboiywo placed 7th in 48:09.

Bizuneh has his sights set on October 10th and a date with the Chicago Marathon, suggesting that his first national championship could not have come at a more opportune time.  Although he will immediately return to Flagstaff to keep grinding for Chicago, Bizuneh admitted to having “a few cold ones” as he celebrated his win — even if only for one evening.

[ Crim 10-Mile Results / Photo of Fasil’s Finish ]

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