In my preview of the USATF Championships I pay homage to Fam, and ask ten questions I'm looking to see answered. You can get the full article here. One of my observations was the following:
Nice to be right for once. In the men's 10,000 meters, Abdi disappointed and Rupp showed he's in a class all his own against domestic competition. Ritz gave him a nice battle, and frankly made the race easy for Rupp by doing all the work, but no one was beating Rupp today. Next step in Rupp's progression will be leading a race from the gun and still winning.
But let me just say that Amy Yoder-Begley truly inspired. Her battle with Shalane Flanagan was the race of the evening for me, and has set a pretty high bar. I didn't even cover this event in my preview because it just didn't seem all that interesting. How wrong I was. Begley moved to 9th all-time in the US with her 31:22.63 performance, and she beat the lady who will probably go down as America's greatest distance runner ever. What a race