U.S. Olympian and former University of Wisconsin All-American Matt Tegenkamp wrapped up his final competition in advance of the upcoming Olympic Games with a fourth-place finish Tuesday in a 3,000-meter race in Stockholm, Sweden.
Tegenkamp, who will run the 5,000 meters for the U.S. in next months Olympics in Beijing, China, ran his 3,000-meter tune-up in a solid time of 7 minutes, 40.75 seconds. He owns a lifetime best time of 7:34.98 at 3,000 meters.
Craig Mottram of Australia hit the tape in a time of 7:37.73 to claim the win in the DN Galen meet, the latest stop on the IAAF World Athletics Tour.
Tuesdays was the last competitive race Tegenkamp will run before departing for Beijing to take part in the Games opening ceremonies on Aug. 8. It also was the first on-track competition for Tegenkamp since he ran the fastest 1,500 meters ever on Wisconsin soil (3:37.94) in a sportid=124&storyid=14396"> --> time trial in Madison on July 15.
Tegenkamps former Wisconsin teammate and current training partner Chris Solinsky also took part in an international competition over the weekend, running a 13:18.51 in the 5,000 meters Sunday at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium. Solinsky, who was fifth in the 5,000 at last months U.S. Olympic Trials, set his personal-best mark in the event (13:12.24) a year ago in the same Belgian meet.
DN Galen Results