Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Rupp blows away field, qualifies for U.S. Olympics in marathon; Cragg wins women's race

Share

SATURDAY SPORTS NEWS


Portland’s Galen Rupp qualified for the U.S. Olympic marathon team with an impressive debut, winning the trials by more than a minute at Los Angeles.

“I had a blast out there,” he said.

The 29-year-old former Central Catholic High and University of Oregon star finished the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 12 seconds.

Med Keflezighi and Jared Ward also made the three-man U.S team for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.  Keflezighi took second in 2:12.20, and Ward was third in 2:13.00.

Keflezighi, 40, is the oldest U.S. runner to qualify for the Games in the event. He’ll be 41 by the time of the race in Brazil. This is the fourth time the San Diego, Calif., resident has qualified for the Olympics.

Ward, 27, from BYU, made the Olympics for the first time.

Luke Puskdra, another former Oregon Duck, placed fourth in 2:14.12.

Conditions weren’t favorable to great times — it was a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70s.

But Rupp shined all day, as he joined George Young as the only Americans to qualify for the Olympics in their first marathon attempt.

“I’m very happy,” Rupp said. “There’s no bigger, better honor than to represent your country in the Olympics.”

Rupp also continued to say that he might also attempt to run the 10,000 meters at Rio. The marathon and 10K are eight days apart.

Doing both is “definitely possible,” Rupp said, “so we’ll see this summer.”

In the women’s race, Portland training partners Amy Cragg and Shalene Flanagan led most of the way, but Cragg finished first in 2:28.20. Desiree Linden caught the struggling Flanagan near the end and finished second in 2:28.54. Flanagan was third in 2:29.19, collapsing into Cragg’s arms at the finish and needing to be taken away in a wheelchair.

Kara Goucher (2:30.30) was fourth.