Dathan Ritzenhein Breaks U.S. 5000 Meter Record
Dathan Ritzenhein breaks the American men's 5,000 meters today at the Weltklasse Golden League Meet in Zurich, Switzerland, lowering the record by nearly two full seconds to 12:56.27, and also representing a 20-second improvement on his personal best.
27-year-old Ritzenheim, former NCAA cross-country champion at Colorado and 2008 Olympic marathoner, is the third American running under 13 minutes in the 5000 meter race. His time today broke the 13-year-old 12:58.21 record by Bob Kennedy, making him the second-fastest non-African in history.
Bekele led all competitors from start to finish, following two paid pace setters for the first 3000 meters, before setting out after a possible attack on his own world record.
Ritzenhein placed third in the race, behind Ethiopian world champion Kenenisa Bekele (12:52.32) and Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (12.55.03).