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27:56.92 – Olympic/World B standard

April 30, 2007

I have to be happy with a 25 second PB (one second a lap) and to break 28 minutes, but at the same time I really feel like there is a 27:46 in me.  That 10 second difference is the Olympic and World “A” standard, which is, 27:47, (the “B” standard is 28:06).  The problem is, I won’t be running another 10000m on the track with a field like tonight anytime soon (maybe in 365 days).  The best part of the performance is that it sets me up really well for the 5000m this year.  In the next month I’ll get the spikes out and get some faster workouts in and really go for the 5000m.  This is a great start for me and I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer.  Simon Bairu was the top Canadian in 27:50 (ranks him #2 all-time Canadian, I’m 4th now) and Eric Gillis set a new PB with 28:42.  Get on the big bird tomorrow and fly back to Toronto. 

So what does B standard get me?  With Simon also getting B standard (we both also achieved Canadian B+ standard) I’m not sure…  some questions I will need to figure out.

1) Will Canada send me with a B+ standard?  Most of the time you need an A.

2) Is a country allowed to send two athletes with B standard when no one has A?

3) Is 27:56 good enough for Pan Ams?

One Comment
  1. Mike permalink
    April 30, 2007 5:28 am

    Reider –

    Nice work man! I ran a 27:56 once….I think it was 5km though. I hope you get an opportunity to get those A standards soon. Will you make an attempt to do qualify for both the 5000 and 10000? Or is that a silly thing to do? It looks like the 5000m standard is well within your grasp. Keep me posted on the 5k showdowns this summer.

    As for me, I’m trying out for the Canadian Olympic Basketball team. I’ll likely be the 1st man off the bench…but we’ll see. With injuries and stuff…I could get in the starting line up. I’ll keep you posted.


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