Olympic Runner
6:37 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Galen Rupp Takes Silver in the Olympic 10k

Good news for Northwest track athletes at the London Olympics. U of O grad Galen Rupp made history Saturday in the men's 10,000 meters, winning silver. KLCC’s Jes Burns has the story.

With his second place finish, Galen Rupp became the first US man to win an Olympic medal in the 10,000 meters since Billy Mills won gold in 1964.

It was close down the stretch. The top six finished within 3 seconds of each other. Rupp crossed the line less than a half second behind his Portland training partner Mo Farah of Great Britain.

In the first round of the men's sprints, Salem native Ryan Bailey clocked the fastest time overall in the 100 meters. He equaled his personal best with a time of 9.88 seconds. The semifinals and finals of the sprints will happen Sunday.

2012 U of O graduate Brianne Theisen finished competition in the heptathlon Saturday. Competing for Canada, she finished off the medal stand, but with a respectable 11th place finish in her first Olympics.

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