Galen Rupp wins Olympic marathon trials, qualifies for 2020 Olympics

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For the second time, Portland native and University of Oregon alumni Galen Rupp has won the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials! 

Rupp qualified for his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after running 2:09:20 Saturday morning.

Rupp, a two-time Olympic medalist, won by 42 seconds. He is joined on the Olympic team by unlikely second- and third-place finishers Jacob Riley and Abdi Abdirahman. Riley is a native of Bellingham, Washington.

Rupp finished a marathon for the first time since October 2018. He underwent Achilles surgery and dropped out of the 2019 Chicago Marathon with a calf injury.

Rupp competed in the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He won the silver medal in the men's 10,000 meters in 2012 and the bronze in 2016 in the men’s marathon.

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The Oregonian attended Central Catholic High School where he won back to back cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 and three individual championships in track and field— the 3000 meter in 2003 and 2004, and the 1500 meter in 2004. Rupp also broke Oregon state records for the 1500 meter (3:45.3) and the mile (4:01.8). He competed nationally and internationally, finishing his high school career with a 10,000-meter race where he clocked in at 29:09.56 in Belgium, which was the fourth-fastest ever for an American high schooler. He was named the “High School Athlete of the Year" in 2004 by Track and Field News.


Rupp went on to attend the University of Oregon where he earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. In total, Rupp won two NCAA cross country team championships, an indoor championship and a relay championship. He won the 10,000 meter in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a 27:52.53 time. 

He was awarded Bowerman Award in 2009, which is given to college track's Athlete of the Year.

“I’m a proud Oregon boy. It’s a tremendous honor to represent this state, especially in a state that has such a rich tradition in distance running.”