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No time to dwell on a disappointing 10,000 meters. Galen Rupp soon has a marathon to run.
The American long-distance runner finished fifth Saturday and more than three seconds behind Britain's Mo Farah, who sometimes trains with Rupp. This after earning a silver medal in the 10K four years ago in London.
Rupp gave himself one day to be blue. Then it was time to focus on the men's marathon Sunday, the last day of the competition.
"Obviously, I've got to turn the page. You can't beat yourself up over it," Rupp said of his performance. "I've got one more race. I'm not going to hold my head down and get too down. I have to focus on recovery."
Rupp actually played a role in Farah defending his Olympic 10K title. After accidentally tripping Farah nearly halfway through the race, Rupp told him to get behind and they'd catch up to the lead pack together.
For that, Farah was thankful.
"Galen is a great sportsman," Farah said.