Rupp aims for another dream in Rio

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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Galen Rupp, the first American in 30 years to be top ranked at 10,000 meters, is hoping his indoor speed work will help him snap an even bigger U.S. distance drought, an Olympic gold medal.

The 28-year-old Portland, Oregon native came within striking distance at the 2012 London Games, finishing second behind training partner Mo Farah, and is now hoping to become the first American 10,000 meters Olympic champion since Billy Mills in 1964 at next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.

"That (the London silver medal) has helped me from a confidence perspective going forward. In Rio, my goal is to win." Rupp told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It was like a dream come true what happened in London. It was weird.

"I remember when I was a sophomore in high school and Alberto (coach Alberto Salazar) telling me that in 2012 and more likely in 2016 you’re going to be right up there competing for a medal.

"The fact that I got there in 2012 was crazy. It was really unbelievable. I still can’t believe it looking back."

Rupp begins his new year with a run at the indoor two-mile record on Saturday at the Armory Track Invitational and will return to the New York venue for 5,000 meters at the Feb. 14 Millrose Games in preparation for a double medals bid at the world championships in August.

"Right now everything is gearing toward the world championships in Beijing and obviously will come down to a kick again as championship races always do," he said.   Continued...

May 30, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Galen Rupp (USA) celebrates after winning the 10,000m in an American record 26:44.36 in the 40th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports