Stunning Races at Year-End Track Meet

New U.S. 10K record, top all-time sprints


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The professional track season ended Friday afternoon in Brussels, Belgium with a string of world-leading and historic performances, becoming perhaps the best single-day event in track and field this year. American Galen Rupp ran 26:48.00 to finish third in the men’s 10,000 meters, breaking the U.S. record by an astounding 11 seconds. That race was won in 26:43.16 by world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, the world’s best 10,000-meter runner, who returned to racing only weeks ago after a year-and-a-half injury hiatus. Later in the afternoon, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake won the men’s 200 meters in 19.26, the second-fastest 200 in history behind only Usain Bolt’s world record 19.19. Blake famously won the 100 at last month’s world championships after Bolt was disqualified for false starting. (Bolt, dodging Blake, opted for the 100 on Friday, winning in a credible 9.75.) Minutes earlier, American Morgan Uceny notched her third major 1,500 victory of the season secured a world number-one ranking at 1,500 meters for the year. She is the first U.S. woman to achieve that distinction since 1985.

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