|Rupp and Farah leading everyone on the planet|
This was the big race that runners across the country had circled on their calendar. For the first time in a couple of generations, the US team had a runner in the field - Galen Rupp, formerly of the Univ. of Oregon - that had a legitimate shot of cracking the formidable talent of the East Africans and finding his way to the podium. Rupp's primary weapons are that he trains with the current World Champion and world no.1, Mo Farah of Great Britain, and that he has the finishing speed to close the race with a 53sec final lap. Only a half dozen of the world's elite distance runners have that kind of closing speed, Farah is one of them. With that said, the drama surrounding the race became a question of whether Rupp could step-up and resist cracking under the pressure of an Olympic Final, and whether the rest of the world's top distance runners would pursue a strategy to press a fast enough pace throughout the race to negate the kick of the favorites.
|My man Dathan representing Boulder in the early going|
|Farah bossin' it in front of the adoring British crowd|
|Disbelief at the finish|
Whew, well I'll follow that with a quick clip of another of the finest Olympic 10000m finishes of all-time. Greats Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie battle for gold at the Sydney Games - in slow motion backed with opera music. A bit of a do-it-yourself job, but quite marvelous just the same.
Tergat and Gebrselassie - Sydney 2000
2012 London Olympics
- Olympic 800m Recap
- Olympic 1500m Recap
- Olympic 3000m Steeplechase Recap
- Olympic 5000m Recap
- Olympic 10,000m Recap
- Olympic Marathon Recap
- Week One: The Olympic Vortex