Aug. 18, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Mebrahtom Keflezighi, the U. S. champion in the men's 10,000m at the recently completed U. S. Track & Field Trials, will be departing soon for Sydney, Australia to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
Keflezighi, a four-time NCAA distance champion during his career at UCLA (1995-98), has set two personal-bests this summer while preparing for the Olympic Games.
On Aug. 5 in Heusden, Belgium, Keflezighi set a personal-best mark in the 5000m by placing second, with an effort of 13:11.77. That mark is the No. 4 all-time 5000m performance in U. S. history.
Keflezighi ran his first personal-best of the summer when he won the 10,000m at the U. S. Trials on July 14 in Sacramento, in a time of 28:03.32. Keflezighi will represent the U. S. in the 10,000m at the Olympics.
Keflezighi's coach is Bob Larsen. Larsen recently retired from UCLA after serving 15 years as the Bruin men's head track and field coach and 21 seasons at the UCLA men's head cross country coach.
The track and field competition at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games will take place in Sydney on Sept. 22-30.