Moses Mosop (Tracktown Photo)

Mosop, Farah Set New Records at “Distance Night in Eugene”


Moses Mosop destroyed world records at 25 and 30 kilometers Friday night at Hayward Field in the opening session of the Prefontaine Classic.  After running with a pack early on, Mosop made a decisive move to break away, stunning the crowd and his competitors with a 63.2 second 45th lap.  It was a solo effort for the rest of the way.  The 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up crossed the line for 25 kilometers at 1:12:25.4 and 30 kilometers at 1:26:47.4, breaking both records of Toshihiko Seko of Japan.

The men’s 10,000 meters, considered by many observers the most anticipated race of the evening, lived up to the hype with a phenomenal run exhibited by Mo Farah.  The newest member of Alberto Salazar’s Oregon Project remained patient early on and steadily made his way up to the front pack.  Farah took the lead with 1200 meters to go and continued to push the pace until it was clear he had broken the field with half-a-lap remaining.  The Brit set a new European record of 26:46.57 ahead of presumptive favorite Imane Merga of Ethiopia.

With Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba on the sidelines with a suspected stress fracture, Vivian Cheruiyot continued her winning ways here in 2011 to take the 5000 meter win in a time of 14:33.96.  Linet Masai was second in 14:35.44 while Oregon Track Club member Sally Kipyego nearly ran a personal best in her season opening 5k race.

Find full results of Friday evening’s action here.

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