Galen Rupp, one of the considerably accomplished American long-distance runners in the record and a bronze medalist at the Rio Games in 2016, permitted for his fourth Olympics with a dominating 42.50-second win in the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials on Saturday. Both Rupp and second-place finisher Jake Riley, who made his first Olympic team, was sidelined in last years by Achilles surgery but found themselves the toughest finishers in frigid and turbulent conditions on a hazardous, hilly course that perplex several of the favorites on both the men’s and women’s side.
“I had dignity in my practice,” said Rupp, who completed at 2:09:20, nearly two minutes sooner than his gaining a victory 2:11:12 time at the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials. “I did a lot of runs longer than 26 miles, so I felt really reasonable about where I was at physically. The more and more the race went on the more enthusiasm I got. The last three or four miles everyone is spoiling at that point. I don’t think anyone feels incredible, especially on a course like this.” On the women’s side, Aliphine Tuliamuk permitted for her first Olympics with a 7.74-second victory over Molly Seidel, a former Notre Dame All-American cross country runner who was carving her marathon debut. The third and final spot on the team went to Sally Kipyego, a 34-year-old who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics while competing for Kenya.
The men’s and women’s contests of Olympic Marathon trials couldn’t have played out more contrarily Saturday. While the men’s race captioned some early breakaways that left adversaries marveling when it was time to make their move, the women ran in a lead pack that was as large as 11 halfway through. It wasn’t until the 22nd mile that Tuliamuk and Molly Seidel started to get some divergence from the rest of the field, and they yet completed 88.54 seconds ahead of Kipyego.
“I certainly did not anticipate to be up here,” said Molly Seidel, who strings with the Freedom Track Club out of Boston. Rupp, if strong, was a heavy dear to make the U.S. team given his marathon outline incorporating a second at Boston and a win at Chicago in 2017 as well as the Prague Marathon championship in 2018. He also won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 10,000, becoming the first American to medal in that event since 1964. But even for somebody of Rupp’s experience, it was a bit unnerving to watch Brian Shrader conquer the early part of the race, opening up a 31.51-second lead at the halfway mark. Rupp broke away at the 20-mile mark. Rupp increased his lead from 3.17 seconds to nearly 17 seconds with a 4:52 mile. The women’s and men’s marathon will take place Aug. 8 and 9, respectively. The Tokyo organizing committee made the decision to move the marathon events 500 miles north to Sapporo due to questions overheat.