Wayland High Alum Coaches Great Britain to Gold, USA to Silver

Alberto Salazar trained two athletes who placed first and second in Olympic track action Saturday.

On Saturday, two of Alberto Salazar's trainees, Mo Farah of Great Britain and Galen Rupp of the USA, earned gold and silver medals respectively in the 10,000-meter track and field event at the Olympics.

Salazar today trains elite long-distance runners from his training facility in Oregon.

In the mid-1970s, Salazar was competing on the track and field team at , from which he graduated in 1976. He was inducted into the Wayland High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. According to his Hall of Fame webpage, Salazar still holds the Wayland school indoor records in the 1,000-meter (2:19), mile (4:19.2) and two-mile (8:53.8) events.

"My training partner coming in second, to me, is unbelievable as well," Farah told NBC during his post-race interview. "Just shows you what Alberto [Salazar] is doing is working."

Farah's Olympic gold is the first ever for a British athlete, man or woman, in the 10,000-meter event, and he secured it with a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds, according to USA Today.

Today's silver medal for Rupp marks only the third time an American man has medaled in the event, according to NJ.com.

Karla Vallance August 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I didn't know Alberto Salazar went to Wayland High School! He was a big name in marathoning in the 1980s. Wondered where he had gone; now I know! Fantastic.


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