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Walker's Pace: Rupp Surges to Silver Medal

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Galen Rupp roared to a second place finish and the silver medal in the 10,000 meters Saturday at the London Olympics. In the process, he became the first American to medal in the 10,000 since Billy Mills won the gold in 1964.

Mo Farah of Great Britain, Rupp's Nike Oregon Project teammate, was first in 27:30.42, with Rupp next in 27:30.90.

"I knew if I could be close to Mo in the end good things would happen, so I was just kind of keying off of him, and I saved a little bit for the last 200, last 150, last 100 and even last 50," said Rupp. "At this level you are never going to get in the top three if you can't beat somebody in that last bit. That is something we've been working on for years now and it is awesome to see it come through."

Rupp, a 2009 Oregon graduate from Portland, Ore., became just the third U.S. man ever to win an Olympic medal in the event, joining Mills and Lewis Tewanina, who captured the silver in 1912. It was also the fastest 10K time ever by an American at the Games. 

Rupp also became the first Oregon alum to win an Olympic medal since 1988, when Joaquim Cruz won the men's 800 meter silver medal for Brazil and Lisa Martin won the women's marathon silver for Australia.

Rupp will be running in the 5,000 meters beginning on Wednesday.

In other action for Oregon alums on Saturday, Becky Holliday needed a clutch third attempt clearance at 14-5.25/4/40m to stay alive in the qualifying rounds of the women's pole vault competition. The 2003 UO alum then went on to clear 14-9/4.50m and 14-11/4.55m to advance on to advance to Monday's final.

Another Olympic newcomer, Brianne Theisen had a pair of personal bests to move up and finish 11th in the heptathlon with 6,383 points. The 2012 Duck graduate and Bowerman Award finalist opened day two of the heptathlon with a mark of 19-8.75/6.01m in the long jump.

She then had a big personal best in the javelin with a throw of 152-5/46.47m, followed by another PR in the 800 meters, 2:09.27.

On Sunday, Duck alums Matthew Centrowitz and Andrew Wheating will run in the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meters.

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