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Encyclopedia > Bob Kennedy (runner)

Bob Kennedy (born 18 August 1970) is one of the best American distance runners. Though now retired, he currently holds the American Record in the 5000 meters. At one time, he held the American Record for 3000 meters (7:30.84) and 2 miles (8:11.59) - Alan Webb has since bested his 2-mile record. In 1996, he ran the 5000 meters in 12:58.21, making him the first ever non-African to run the distance in less than thirteen minutes, and he is still one of only three non-Africans to do so (one of whom, Dieter Baumann, was convicted of using performance enhancing drugs). Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 5000 meters, a popular running distance also known as a 5 km, colloquially five-K (equal to 3. ... Alan Webb (born January 13, 1983, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American track athlete. ... Dieter Baumann (born February 9, 1965) is a former German athlete, winner of 5000 m at the 1992 Summer Olympics. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

Kennedy participated in grueling workouts with Kenyan athletes also coached by McDonald at the group's training bases in the U.S., Australia and England. McDonald rarely gave his athletes goal times for workouts, and they regularly ran sub-4 minute miles in practice.

The highlight of Kennedy's career came in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In the 5000 meter finals, Kennedy surged to the front and forced the pace late in the race. However, he was passed in the closing laps and placed 6th. He had also made it to the finals of the 1992 Olympic 5000m race and placed 12th. He also ran the 5000m in the World Championships in Athletics for the US in 1991 (12th), 1993, 1995 (12th), 1997 (6th), and 1999 (9th). The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... A World Championship is any contest to determine the best in the world in a particular field. ...

Kennedy suffered a back injury in an auto accident before the 2000 Olympic Trials and missed seven weeks of training. In 2001, he was hamstrung by thyroid problems. He returned to win the USA Track & Field (USATF) Championships 5000 meter race against Colorado grad Adam Goucher, who by then was largely seen to be Kennedy's successor. He was able to beat the younger and faster Goucher by alternating the pace between each lap, surging then slowing, forcing Goucher to come to him after each surge and blunting Goucher's finishing kick. Adam Goucher Adam Goucher (born February 18, 1975) is an American cross-country and track and field athlete. ...

Kennedy competed in the 2004 US Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meter race, but was slowed by an injury to his Achilles tendon, and had to drop out of the race. He has now retired from competitive distance running. Posterior view of the foot and leg, showing the Achilles tendon (tendo calcaneus). ...

Nike has created two racing spikes in honor of him, the Nike Kennedy XC and Nike Zoom Kennedy. Both are popular and sought-after racing spikes; however the Nike Zoom Kennedy has been discontinued and the Kennedy XC has been renamed the GHAC XC, due to the expiration of Bob Kennedy's endorsement contract with Nike. In May 2006 Kennedy signed a three-year contract with Puma.[1] Nike, Inc. ...

Personal Best Times

  • 1500 meters 3:38.2
  • Mile 3:56.21
  • 2000 meters 4:59.9
  • 3000 meters 7:30.84 (American Record)
  • 2 miles 8:11.59
  • 5000 meters 12:58.21 (American Record)
  • 10,000 meters 27:37.45

External links

  • USATF Profile
  • IAAF profile for Bob Kennedy

  Results from FactBites:
Washington Running Report -- Regional News Article (1118 words)
Bob Kennedy of Indianapolis, IN first announced his intention to run in NYC on May 12th "I've thought about the marathon for some time, but have not felt as though the time was right for this new challenge until now.
Kennedy has chosen the ING New York City Marathon for his debut because he enjoys competing on large stages, it offers a good field of athletes, is a traditional event going back to the 1970s and is well-known in the USA.
Kennedy exhibits the same cautious and dedicated approach that Deena Kastor used during the past three years; Kastor debuted in the 2001 New York City Marathon and gradually brought her time down to the current American record of 2:21:16.
Hauser Surpasses World Championship Standard in 10,000m :: Bob Kennedy runs sixth fastest U.S. time in 10,000 meters. (184 words)
Bob Kennedy, America's top distance runner and making his professional debut in the 10,000 meters, ran the sixth fastest race at 10,000 meters for an American in a time of 27:38.37.
Kennedy's time was just off the fastest time ever run on American soil, a time of 27:25.82 by Simon Chemoiywo of Kenya in 1995.
Kennedy, a 1996 Olympian, is the American record holder in the 5,000 meters at 12:58.21.
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