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Record-breaking meet for U.S. track athletes

 

Galen Rupp shattered the existing American record in the men's 10,000 meters, Walter Dix ran the second-fastest 200 time in American history and four other American athletes secured Diamond League crowns at the Brussels Diamond League meet Friday in Belgium.

Rupp's third-place time of 26 minutes, 48.00 seconds crushed Chris Solinsky's time of 26:59.60, which he ran in 2010. Rupp, a two-time USA champion in the event, previously held a personal best of 27:10.74.

In the final Diamond League meet of the season, Carmelita Jeter (100), Morgan Uceny (women's 1,500), Dix (200m) and Danielle Carruthers (100 hurdles) all secured their names as Diamond League champions in their respective events. Each competed Friday with Jeter winning in a time of 10.78, Uceny winning in a world-leading time of 4:00.06, Dix placing second at 19.53 and Carruthers winning her race in a time of 12.65.

Reese Hoffa led a 1-2 American sweep in the shot put with a winning throw of 72 feet, 5 3/4 inches while Christian Cantwell placed second at 72-5. Both athletes recorded their best throws of the season.

Dix ran a big personal best in the 200 of 19.53 to finish second behind Jamaica's Johan Blake, who crushed the field in a world-leading time of 19.26. Only Michael Johnson's gold-medal winning time of 19.32 at the 1996 Olympic Games is faster in American history.

It was also a 1-2-3-4 sweep by the Americans in the women's 100 hurdles with Yvette Lewis (12.77), Kellie Wells (12.77) and Nia Ali (12.79) all following Carruthers' winning time.

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