The Prefontaine Classic 10K proved to be a disappointment for Stevens Point native Chris Solinsky and track fans who had anticipated an epic battle between the American record holder and Galen Rupp.
It wasn't to be.
Rupp never took the start line in the field of 26, blaming the high pollen counts in Eugene, Ore.
And Solinsky dropped out with 18 laps left, blaming a nagging injury in his left hamstring.
Mo Farah, of Britain, went on to win the race in 26:46:47, about 13 seconds faster than the time Solinsky ran to set the record in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in 2010.
Solinsky, obviously frustrated, called himself "the biggest ... in the world" after the race, but recognized the importance of the USATF National Championships, back at Hayward Field, in three weeks.
Quoted in this piece, Solinsky admitted: “I’m very incredibly angry at myself to give away an opportunity to run with the best in the world,” he said.