Rupp & Oliver Set to Compete in Boston
American Record-Holders add to Event’s Star Power
BOSTON (Jan 17) ÛÓ Distance star Galen Rupp and high hurdler David Oliver, both
American Record-Holders, have confirmed their participation in the New
Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 4th, organizers announced today.
Tickets for the 17th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at
http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Galen Rupp, from Portland, OR, had one of the best annual
campaigns ever by American distance runner in 2011. Beginning with an
American Record indoors at 5000m with a mark of 13:11.44, Rupp also
shattered the outdoor American Record at 10,000m in a time of 26:48:00.
In his first attempt at the half-marathon distance, Rupp ran an eye
opening time of 60:30, making him the fastest American for the year at
this distance as well. Having already established his talents over
multiple distances, he will compete in the mile and face previously
announced IAAF World Champion at 5000m, Mo Farah of Great
Britain. “The oval at Reggie has always been good to me,” said Rupp.
“I’m ready to see what I can do indoors in the mile.”
David Oliver, who trains in Orlando, FL, had world-leading times
indoors in the 60m hurdles and outdoors in the 110m hurdles in 2011. In
setting the American Record in the 110m hurdles in 2010, Oliver also
became the 3rd fastest man in history. He is the reigning US Champion
and is one of the favorites for Olympic gold in 2012 in an event that
hasn’t been won by an American since 1996. Oliver also won the bronze
medal in the high hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Rupp and Oliver join an all-star cast of previously announced athletes that include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Mo Farah, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, Jenny Simpson, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny.
The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa
Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis
Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and
meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
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