Portland Runner Galen Rupp’s Olympic Campaign Off To Dramatic Start

Aug 15, 2016

There were medals a-plenty for Northwest athletes competing at the Summer Olympics in Brazil this weekend. One runner from Portland missed out on the podium in a dramatic race, but got kudos afterwards for sportsmanship.

File photo of Galen Rupp competing at U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July.
Credit Bradley Parks / OPB

Veteran distance runner Galen Rupp competed in the 10,000 meters alongside race favorite Mo Farah of Great Britain. The jostling pack of runners actually got too close leading Farah to trip and fall.

Galen Rupp: “There was a lot of pushing, guys slowing down in front, pushing from behind.”

That’s Rupp, who drifted back to offer encouragement to Farah after the Briton quickly got back up and worked to rejoin the leaders.

Galen Rupp: “I told him to get behind me after that and I'd help lead him back up.”

The two competitors represent different countries, but they’re also teammates from the Nike Oregon Project training group. Farah went on to win gold while Rupp faded to fifth at the end. The American from Portland gets another chance to win a medal in the Olympic marathon next Sunday. I’m Tom Banse reporting.

Add detail about medal wins by other Northwest athletes this weekend:
Swimmer Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Washington, got gold in 4x100 medley relay Saturday night, adding to Adrian’s considerable haul of swimming medals earned at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.
Fairly new Bremerton resident Chloe Dygert won silver in the team pursuit track cycling event.
Fencer Mariel Zagunis of Beaverton got a bronze in team sabre, her fourth medal across four Olympics.
Two former University of Washington crew members, oarswoman Kerry Simmonds and coxswain Katelin Snyder, won gold with the U.S. women’s eight Saturday. No complaints about the water in Rio from them.

Rio 2016 schedule and results: