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Solinsky flirts with American 5K record

Solinsky_Chris_Payton_Jordan_10K_AR_2._Blog.jpgChris Solinsky wanted to take a shot at the American record in the 5,000 meters Friday in Oslo, Norway, and take a shot he did.

The former Badger ran just off the pace of the previous American mark at the Bislett Games, finishing sixth in a world-class field at the IAAF Diamond League event with a personal-best time of 12:56.66.

He finished only tenths of a second off the previous American record of 12:56.27 set last year by Dathan Ritzenhein.

It's appropriate to say "previous American record" because Solinsky's U.S. counterpart and two-time world champion Bernard Lagat topped the mark with his third-place run of 12:54.12.

Ethiopians Imane Merga (12:53.81) and Tariku Bekele (12:53.97) hit the line first in a tightly-packed group that saw each of the top 10 finishers crack the 13-minute mark.

Solinsky has said previously that he plans to make a run at the American record when the Diamond League stops at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on July 3. Now, he'll have a faster mark to chase.

- Bislett Games Results
- All-Time Sub-13:00 Club (Track & Field News)