Saturday, August 29, 2009
Dathan Ritzenhein Breaks American 5k Record!
12 minutes 56 seconds. That's how long it took Dathan Ritzenhein to run 5000m on Friday at a track meet in Zurich. How good is that performance? Well, it's a new American record! He is only the third American to break 13 minutes at 5000m. He didn't win the race but put on an unbelievable performance and came close to catching the great distance runner, Keninise Bekele from Ethiopia, who won the race at 12:52. This is great news for American distance running. Ritzenhein is coached by the great Alberto Salazar.