Galen Rupp is once again the owner of the American indoor two-mile record.
The 27-year-old two-time Olympian and Nike Oregon Project star reclaimed the record on Saturday, January 25, at Boston University’s Terrier Classic, running 8:07.41 to surpass Bernard Lagat’s previous mark of 8:09.49.
Lagat’s record had stood since the 2013 Millrose Games, where he bested Rupp’s 8:09.72 from a year earlier.
Rupp’s record-breaking performance on Saturday was his second of the month, as he made headlines on January 16 for running the 5000 meters in 13:01.26, smashing Lopez Lomong’s previous national indoor standard of 13:07.00.
Thanks to adept pacers, Rupp seemed poised in the early stages of Saturday’s race to have a go at Kenenisa Bekele’s world indoor record of 8:04.35. Rupp’s initial 1200-meter split was 2:58.8, Runner’s World reports, and he finished his first mile in 4:01.6. Up to that point, Taylor Gilland had served as the rabbit, and things stayed speedy as Kenya’s Bethwell Bergen jumped into the role for the next 400 meters.
After that, the pace slowed down, and while Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar motioned for Rupp to work his arms harder, Bekele’s mark withstood the challenge. Rupp is now sixth on the all-time world indoor two-mile list.
“Galen tied up a little bit at the end but hung on to get the record,” Salazar said afterward, according to Runner’s World. “It’s okay.”
Rupp’s two-mile time was about on par with what Let’s Run had predicted, as coach and number cruncher John Kellogg had used Rupp’s personal bests in the indoor 3000 and 5000 meters to calculate a finish between 8:06.23 and 8:08.00.
The Terrier Classic marked the second in a series of three Boston University events that Salazar and his crew have signed on for this season. On February 8, Rupp will return to Boston University, where he’ll look to break Lagat’s U.S. indoor mile record of 3:49.89.
Given that Rupp posted a 3:50.92 at Boston University last year, he’s got a shot, and as Runner’s World noted, Salazar is banking on him feeling more rested when he next hits the track.