Rankin Breaks School Record in 1500m, Runs World

July 29, 2005

John Rankin reached a landmark time on Tuesday, July 26 at the DN Galen Meet in Stockholm, Sweden as he ran a world 'A' standard and new school record in the 1500m. Rankin, who now competes for Nike, finished second in his heat to Brazalian Hudson de Souza in a new record time of 3:35.26 (old record and best, 3:38.90).

At the 400m mark, Rankin remained in the back of the pack, running conservatively, but during the next 800m, would gradually move up through the field. With 200m to go, he moved to second behind de Souza and made a push to take the lead, but the Brazilian held on to win.

Rankin's heat featured the top milers in America (minus Alan Webb and Bernard Lagat) - Christopher Lukezic, Jason Lunn, Charlie Gruber and Rob Myers. Rankin finished ahead of all four, including Lunn and Gruber, who are members of the U.S.'s World Championship team that will compete in Helsinki, Finland in August.

'I was nervous going into the meet because this was the focal point of our summer schedule,' said Rankin. 'It was a great opportunity to compete against some of the best runners in our country.'

The DN Galen Meet is a Grand Prix Event that features some of the finest track and field athletes in the world. Overall, Rankin's time placed him seventh for the meet.

His new personal best of 3:35.26 currently ranks sixth in the U.S. Previously, Rankin's best from the USATF Nationals (3:39.71) ranked 21st on the U.S. list, while last week's time of 3:38.90 moved him to 17th in the national ranks.

Within the past two weeks, Rankin has recorded victories in the 800m (1:47.61) in Karlstad, Sweden, in the 1500m (3:38.90, new school record) in Norkoping, Sweden and in Gavle, Sweden (800m, 1:47.65).

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