As we thought might happen on this very fast track, Bobby Curtis ran his best race of the European season, coming second at the Rieti 3000 in a new PR of 7:43.65. This performance greatly outpaces his previous PR at this distance (7:54.25 set earlier this summer in Dublin) and showed his true ability to run very fast when the conditions are right.
The race went out smartly, with 1000 splits at 2:31.21 and 5:04.76.
1. BIRMINGHAM, Collis AUS 7:37.77 2. CURTIS, Bobby USA 7:43.65 PB 3. KIPRUTO, Conselus KEN 7:44.09 4. HITRANE, Jamal MAR 7:44.23 PB 5. KEMBOI, Ezekiel KEN 7:44.24 PB 6. HEATH, Elliott USA 7:45.08 PB 7. LONGOSIWA, Thomas KEN 7:49.19 8. SEBAHIRE, Eric RWA 7:53.04 9. FERNANDEZ, German USA 7:53.61 10. OSAKO, Suguru JPN 7:54.68 PB -- BARUSEI, Geofrey KEN DNF (pace) -- BUMBALOUGH, Andrew USA DNF -- CHELIMO, Elijah KEN DNF (pace) -- MUTAHI, Sammy Alex KEN DNF