Stanford grad Chris Derrick finished 18th in a highly competitive 10,000 meters on the first day of competition at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
"On paper, it's the perfect race for me," Derrick said. "It's right at my PR pace, real steady, not a lot of surges. I just got so hot. I feel like I was riding the edge for a long time, and I guess I was right at the back. Guys would fall off, we'd run around them. There'd be little yo-yos with the pace. I'd try to get back on, and it was way too hard. With six laps to go I just totally fell to pieces."
Derrick finished the race in 28:04.54. Mo Farah of Great Britain won the race, pulling away in the final 800.
The field went through the first mile in just over 4:28, with all three Americans in the middle to back of the pack. Through 3000, Galen Rupp and Dathan Ritzenhein were running with Farah in mid-pack, with Derrick toward the back.
Midway through the race (at a 28:00 pace), Rupp moved into the top 10 after 14 laps and stayed in that group as the entire field remained in contention through 7,000.
With six laps to go Rupp was in fourth and was on the leader's shoulder with 2,000 left. Ritzenhein took over the lead with 1,000 to go, but quickly yielded to Farah and Rupp.
A furious last 800 saw Farah pull away for the win as Rupp finished fourth in a season-best 27:24.39. Ritzenhein also clocked a season best in 10th at 27:37.90.
"Ran an 11:59 3200 in my 1st ever track race 8.5 years ago," Derrick tweeted, "tonight I run in the WC. A very rough last 6 laps out there tonight."