Rupp pushes aside doping accusations to win 10,000

Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:13am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Galen Rupp capped a tumultuous month of accusations he had been involved in doping by winning his seventh consecutive national title at 10,000 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Thursday.

The London Olympics 10,000m silver medallist, whose coach Alberto Salazar is accused of doping violations involving Rupp and others, pulled away over the final three laps to win in 28:11.61 and qualify for August's world championships in Beijing.

He gave a thumb's up as he crossed the finish line.

"It's been hard I'm not going to lie. It's been difficult to focus," the 29-year-old Rupp told reporters.

"I'm real happy that our report came out yesterday. I stand behind it 100 percent," he added of a lengthy report issued by Salazar rebutting accusations by the BBC television program Panorama in association with American website ProPublica.

"I believe in clean sport and I think the truth will prevail."

Rupp said he stood "100 percent" beside his coach, who watched the race from a corner of the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

All of the allegations have been denied by Salazar, Rupp and training partner Mo Farah, the British double Olympic champion.   Continued...

File photo of Galen Rupp (USA) taken at Hayward Field, May 30, 2014. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Files