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Lopez Lomong Breaks Indoor 5000m Record

By David Monti
(c) 2013 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(Used with permission)

Running in a specially arranged race in
 the Columbia Final Qualifier meet in the
 Armory in New York City, two-time
Olympian Lopez Lomong set a pending USA
5000m indoor record of 13:07.00, just
eclipsing Bernard Lagat's mark of
13:07.15 set on the same track at the
Millrose Games in 2012. Lomong's mark
had been reported at 13:06.99, but was
later taken up to 13:07.00.

The race was arranged by Nike coach Jerry
 Schumacher with the goal of getting as
many of his athletes the IAAF "A"
standard of 13:15.00 for the 2013 World
Championships. In addition to Lomong,
former Stanford star Chris Derrick got the standard with his 13:12.00 clocking in
second place, making him the third-fastest American of all time behind Lagat and
Galen Rupp (13:11.44). Andrew Bumbalough finished third in 13:23.68.

Travis Mahoney of the NJ-NY Track Club, and Dan Huling of Schumacher's group,
provided pacing, taking the nine-man field through the first kilometer in 2:38.9,
and the 1600 (just short of 1 mile) in about 4:14. Mahoney was the first to drop
off, then Huling, and the field hit 3200m in about 8:25. After that Evan Jager, the
 USA steeplechase record holder, fell back and Lomong and Derrick began to pull
clear, eventually finishing 1-2. Every athlete who finished set an indoor personal

Several hundred fans witnessed the race, according to New York Road Runners
president and CEO Mary Wittenberg who attended the event and whose organization had
 provided travel assistance to the group.

RESULTS: 1. Lopez Lomong 13:07.00 AR, 2. Chris Derrick 13:12.00 PB, 3.
Andrew Bumbalough, 13:23.68 PB, 4. Elliott Heath 13:33.22 PB, 5. Evan Jager 13:33.37
 PB, 6. Matt Tegenkamp 13:35.46 PB, 7. Girma Mecheso 13:45.61 PB.

PHOTO: Evan Jager, Chris Derrick, Andy Bumbalough, Elliott Heath, Lopez Lomong, Matt
 Tegenkamp, and Dan Huling at the Armory in New York City just before Lomong broke
the American indoor 5000m record


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