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Inside Track: Solinsky’s record-breaking debut


ATHLETICS-WORLD/Except for a training run, new American distance find Chris Solinsky might not have become the first North American runner to break 27 minutes in the 10,000 metres.

“We were planning to run a steeple (3,000 metres steeplechase) actually … until after one of my tempo-runs when Jerry (Coach Jerry Schumacher) decided that we’d switch it to the 10,000,” Solinsky told a conference call.

The result?

The 25-year-old had the internet buzzing about his run of 26 minutes, 59.60 seconds in his debut at the distance during Saturday’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in California.

The performance wiped out Meb Keflezighi’s 2001 American record of 27:13.98, was the fourth-fastest 10,000 metres debut ever and the year’s fastest.