29th July 2016 – American 1500m record holder Shannon Rowbury (USA) showed that she is coming into her best form just ahead of the Rio Olympics when clocking an 800m personal best at the first of the Tracktown Summer Series meets in Eugene.
In a competitive race featuring 2 fellow Olympians, Shannon passed through 600m in 1:29. Having narrowly missed breaking the 2:00 barrier on a couple of occasions previously Shannon was not to be denied this time and she used her 1500m strength to run hard to line and cross for third place in 1:59.97.
With this time Shannon is now the only female American to have run sub 2 for 800m, sub 4 for 1500m, sub 8:30 for 3000m and sub 15:00 for 5000m. In addition to the 1500m record she also holds the American record in the 2 miles and is part of the quartet that holds the World Record for the DMR.
Others in action in Eugene were fellow Oregon Project members Matthew Centrowitz (USA) and Jordan Hasay (USA). Matthew stepped down the 800m as well and placed fourth in 1:47.17. While the rest of his competitors were making their way home, Matthew’s nights work was not done and after the meeting he clocked two more sub 1:50 runs to show he is also right where he wants to be ahead of Rio.
Jordan ran the first in a series of road races that she has coming up and finished second here in 20:07.90 in the 4 miles.