Rupp delivers a winner but Tyson Gay has work ahead

Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:11am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Galen Rupp had a thumb's up for a victorious 10,000 meters at the U.S. world championships trials on Thursday.

And for good reason.

The triumph, his seventh consecutive national title at the distance, was probably one of the few pleasing moments for the Olympic 10,000 meters silver medalist in the last month.

Doping accusations by the BBC television program Panorama in association with American website ProPublica against Rupp's coach Alberto Salazar and the distance runner had put them in a global spotlight.

But on a hot June night, Rupp was able to put that aside to win his first race since the accusations.

He rushed to the lead with three laps to go and quickly pulled away to claim the victory in 28 minutes, 11.61 seconds.

"I was obviously pleased to get another championship," he told reporters. "To do it here in Eugene is always special for me."

He will be joined on the U.S. team for the August's world championships in Beijing by race runner-up Ben True (28:14.26) and third place finisher Hassan Mead (28:16.54)   Continued...

Tyson Gay (L) of the U.S. wins the 100m at the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix track and field competition in New York June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz -