Rupp wins Prague

Galen Rupp Wins Prague Marathon

May 6, 2018

Olympic bronze medalist in Rio 2016, Galen Rupp won the Prague marathon

A month ago Rupp dropped out of a cold windy Boston marathon and today ran an impressive  2:06:07 

Galen Rupp all smiles on winning Prague

 Rupp wins Prague

The weather was kind to the athletes (56 degrees at the start) a pack of seven men (including one rabbit) hit halfway in 1:03:00. The pace began to lag shortly after halfway, but Rupp got it going again, dropping a 14:39 5k split from 25k to 30k as he and Lemma — who ran 2:04:08 in Dubai in January — dropped the rest of the field. Rupp and Lemma traded the lead until the final two miles, when Rupp struck hard, opening up a gap and cruising to a 55-second victory.

The time makes Rupp the third-fastest American ever, after Ryan Hall (2:04:58) and Khalid Khannouchi (2:05:38). Among marathons run on record-eligible courses, it was the second-fastest ever by an American, following Khannouchi’s 2:05:38 at the 2002 London Marathon and his 2:05:56 at the 2002 Chicago Marathon (Hall’s 2:04:58 came at the wind-aided 2011 Boston Marathon, which as a point-to-point course, is not eligible for records).

5K: 14:52
10K: 14:44 (29:36)
15K: 14:52 (44:28)
20K: 15:16 (59:44)
Half: 63:01
25K: 15:24 (1:15:08)
30K: 14:39 (1:29:47)
35K: 15:02 (1:44:49)
40k: 14:52 (1:59:41)
Finish: 2:06:07