10 years of historic race: first non-African Chris Solinski 10 km in 27 minutes

On May 2, 2010, Chris Solinsky became the first non-African runner to trade the 27-minute grandmaster mark at 10,000 meters.

Here’s our news about it:

In his debut 10,000m race at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford, Chris Solinski broke the US record and became the first white person to run 10,000m in 27 minutes. The race was originally planned as an attempt to break the US record of Mab Keflesigi 27: 13.98, which stood for 9 years. But the main contender for the title of the new record holder was considered the American prodigy of the distance run Galen Rapp. Half of the distance, 5 km, a group of 6 runners covered in 13: 34.2. This group included Galen Rupp and Chris Solinski. 800m before the finish line, Solinski stepped forward and ran the penultimate lap in 60.1 seconds and left the group. Supported by a loyal fan base, Chris completed the final lap in 56.1 seconds. 2nd five – 13: 25.4.

Galen Rapp also broke Mab’s record. The whole race turned out to be very fast – a whole bunch of records: Sam Chelanga set the US student record, Simon Byrou – the Canadian record and almost all – personal records.

  1. Chris Solinsky Nike / Kimbia 26:59.60 * American Record
  2. Daniel Salel Kenya 27: 07.85
  3. Sam Chelanga Liberty 27: 08.39 * NCAA Record
  4. Galen Rupp Nike 27: 10.74
  5. Simon Bairu Nike / Kimbia 27: 23.63 * Canadian Record
  6. Chris Thompson Otc 27: 29.61
  7. Tim Nelson Nike / Kimbia 27: 31.56
  8. Robert Curtis Melbourne Tr 27: 33.38
  9. Kensuke Takezawa S&B 27: 55.02
  10. Carlos Romero Mexico 27: 57.52
  11. Takeshi Makabe Kanebo 27: 57.53

Chris Solinski then exchanged 13 minutes for 5000 meters 3 times, fought Lagat at the US Championships:

One of the most beautiful races in the US Championship is the men’s 5000m final.

Lagat, Solinski and Rapp showed their class! Galen Rapp ran 5000m the day after his 10000m win, which is impressive! Lagat ran the 1500m semi-final on Friday. Solinski was the freshest, but he still has the consequences of an injury that forced him to descend from 10000m at Stanford.

As a result, Bernie Lagat ran the last 4 laps (1600m) in 3: 57.80 (just mile of 4 minutes!) and in a tight finish became the US champion. Chris Solinski and Galen Rapp fought with dignity to the very ribbon with the multiple world champion. Solinski’s last mile is also from 4 minutes – 1600m in 3: 58.57!


1 Bernard Lagat Nike 13: 23.06
2 Chris Solinsky Oregon TC Elite 13: 23.65
3 Galen Rupp Nike 13:25.52

But it was with this ten that Solinski entered in the history of running.

I will note that Chris never trained under the leadership of Alberto Salazar, who was banned for 4 years for doping fraud by the American anti-doping USADA. Throughout his sports career, Solinski trained with coach Jerry Schumacher, who has never had a single case of doping disqualification.

Solinski’s single is Oregon TC, not the Oregon Project, closed after Salazar’s discal.

Here is my text about this Solinski record:

“I don’t know how the running, and the entire athletic community, realized the significance of Chris Solinski’s achievement.The first white runner to overcome the so far seemingly fantastic barrier of 27 minutes per 10,000 meters, the American proved by his example the truth that such people have been telling us all over the past 20 years, like Sab Coe, Steve Ovett, David Bedford The truth is simple and very uncomfortable for modern runners: there is no genetic advantage of African runners over white athletes!

Back in the early 2000s, people like Yuri Borzakovsky and Andre Bucher (2001 world champion at 800m from Switzerland) seemed to be the last Mohicans of the dying out tribe of white champions in running. Haile Gebreselais, Hisham El Gerruj, Kenenisa Bekele, Bernard Lagat and their compatriots have propelled the results so much, so dominated at all starts from the Hengelo Grand Prix to the Olympic Games, that it was time for the white runners to pull together with the Sex Pistols the song that “ you have no future, I have no future. ”

A bleak picture of a completely identical development of events in any race, longer than 800m – 3-4 Ethiopians and 8-10 Kenyans compete for prizes, breaking away by half a circle from the nearest rival another origin – disheartened both the organizers of the competition and the journalists. Year after year, they tormented the European stars of past years with questions: “Why is there such an advantage for Africans now? Why could Coe, Ovett and company win the Olympic Games and set world records, and the current generation of athletes are not suitable for them?”

The answer was formulated in different ways, but the essence was the same: “White guys can run as fast as Africans. But now in the West, especially in Britain, it is difficult to find a teenager who would set himself the highest possible goals and was ready to work devotedly to achieve them. In addition, the modern way of life has greatly reduced the movement activity in childhood, and therefore children lose in their physical development in relation to previous generations. We need to be very attentive to those individuals who are still passionate about athletics, help them overcome the difficulties of growth and provide them with a high status in society. Then we will see the white champions again.”

I want to say right away that I am not a racist, I have many personal friends among Kenyans. There are no such people among Ethiopians, simply because they practically do not speak English, and Kenyans all speak the language of international communication. But I always advocate high competition. Only broad international competition creates the preconditions for development in any area of ​​human activity. Sport proves this constantly!

Moreover, it is the European countries, the USA, Japan, Russia that invest money and efforts in the development of athletics. And running is the cornerstone of athletics, the most popular, most entertaining, most competitive sport of the “queen of sports.” So the absence of representatives of these countries among the leaders negatively affected the development of athletics.

That is why last year’s results of Matt Tegenkamp and Datzan Ritzinhein are so important – they both ran out 5 out of 13 minutes. And Chris Solinski’s achievement is generally outstanding.

28 runners in history have run 10000m faster than 27 minutes. Kenyan Jobs Ondieki was the first to do this in 1993 at the famous Bishlett Games in Oslo – 26: 58.38. For 17 years, the world record has moved to a mind-blowing 26: 17.53 Ethiopian Ken Bekele. In general, there are only 2 Moroccans in this company, the rest are all from Kenya and Ethiopia. There are a couple of runners from Uganda and Eritrea, but they are people from the same tribes. It seems that Solinsky’s result is simply buried under an African waterfall. But this is Solinski’s debut at 10000m. And this is where we discover that Chris is moving into 4th place on the historical list of fastest runners!

  1. Eliud Kepchoge, Kenya, 2003 5000m World Champion. Debut at 10000m – 26: 49.02 in Hengelo-2007.
  2. Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia, multiple world champion, Olympic champion, world record holder. Debut at 10000m – 26: 53.70 in Hengelo 2003.
  3. Leonard Patrick Komont, Kenya, silver medalist of the World Cross Country Championship (he is only 22 years old). Debut at 10000m – 26: 57.08 in Hengelo-2008.
  4. Chris Solinski, USA, multiple US student champion. Debut at 10000m – 26: 59.60. (Study of Athletic Statistics by Ken Nakamura)

So Solinski finds himself in a great company of true champions! He was ahead of the greatest Gebre in the opening! And Chris is not alone, he is surrounded by excellent company – in the same race, Galen Rapp showed 27: 10.74!

I want to believe that there will be guys who will perk up in spirit and body after such breakthroughs and say: “If Borzakovsky and Solinski can, then I can too!”

Poles world champion Adam Kzhot , World Championship medalist Marcin Lewandowski, Norwegians World Cup medalist Philip Ingebrigtsen and world record-holder among juniors and multiple European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen follow in Solinski’s footsteps.

Race everyone!

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