Sunday, February 1, 2015

Osako Sets 2 Mile National Record at Armory Track Invitational

by Brett Larner
click photo for video c/o USATF.TV

Quasi-Nike Oregon Project member Suguru Osako ran the 2 mile at the 2015 Armory Track Invitational alongside training partners Cam Levins and Galen Rupp.  After moving to Oregon to train with the NOP and head coach Alberto Salazar while remaining tied to the Nissin Shokuhin corporate team, early last fall Osako set the outdoor 3000 m national record of 7:40.09 and all-time #2 Japanese mark of 8:28.30 for 2 miles outdoor.  Biding his time mid-pack at the Armory, Osako kicked hard to take 2nd behind Levins in 8:16.47, a new national record more than 8 seconds faster than fellow Waseda University alumnus Kensuke Takezawa's outdoor 2 mile NR of 8:24.69.  More records are sure to follow.

Armory Track Invitational Men's 2 Mile
New York, 1/31/15
click here for complete results

1. Cam Levins (Canada/Nike Oregon Project) - 8:15.38
2. Suguru Osako (Japan/Nissin Shokuhin) - 8:16.47 - NR
3. Ben Blankenship (USA/Nike OTC) - 8:16.53
4. Galen Rupp (USA/Nike Oregon Project) - 8:17.24
5. Lee Emanuel (Great Britain/HOKA) - 8:21.24
6. Reed Connor (USA/unattached) - 8:27.87
7. Andrew Springer (NJ-NY Track Club) - 8:42.88
8. Chris Kwiatowski (NB Pacers) - 8:55.37

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