National record holders Rupp and Oliver set to compete in Boston

National record holders Rupp and Oliver set to compete in Boston

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Boston, USA - Distance star Galen Rupp and high hurdler David Oliver, both U.S. record holders, have confirmed their participation in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on 4 February.

Rupp, from Portland, Oregon, had one of the best annual campaigns ever by a U.S. distance runner in 2011. Beginning with a national record indoors at 5000m with a mark of 13:11.44, Rupp also shattered the outdoor national standard at 10,000m in a time of 26:48:00. In his first attempt at the half-marathon distance, Rupp ran an eye opening time of 1:00:30, making him the fastest American for the year at this distance as well. Having already established his talents over multiple distances, he will compete in the mile and face previously announced World 5000m champion Mo Farah of Great Britain.

“The oval at Reggie has always been good to me,” said Rupp. “I’m ready to see what I can do indoors in the mile.”

Oliver, who trains in Orlando, Florida, had world-leading times indoors in the 60m hurdles and outdoors in the 110m Hurdles in 2011. In setting the U.S. record in the 110m Hurdles in 2010, Oliver also became the third fastest man in history. He is the reigning U.S. champion and is one of the favorites for Olympic gold in 2012 in an event that hasn’t been won by a U.S. hurdler since 1996. Oliver also won the bronze medal in the high hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Rupp and Oliver join an all-star cast of previously announced athletes that include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Mo Farah, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, Jenny Simpson, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny.

The 17th annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on 4 February at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.

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