Making his 10k road racing debut on New Year's Eve, Evan ran a strong race from start to finish, placing second overall in 28:56 at the San Silvestre Vallecana race. He ran with the lead pack for the entire race, only losing to defending champion Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (formerly Mike Kigen). Accompanied by 40,000 runners, the Madrid race ranks as one of the top 20 largest in the world.
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It's time to ring in the Olympic year and what better way than hitting the roads and racing on New Year's Eve. Evan joins 40,000+ runners in Madrid tomorrow at the San Silvestre Vallecana, racing the 10k course against some notable competition, including fellow steeplechase star Ezekiel Kemboi.
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The year ahead promises to be one filled with exciting races, furious finishes and of course the Olympic Games in Rio. Here's to starting off 2016 on the right foot!
Evan's season moves on, as the IAAF Diamond League season wraps up in Zurich and Brussels over the next two weeks. The first stop is Switzerland at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting this Thursday, where Evan looks to avenge his sixth place effort at the World Championships, as he competes against Jairus Birech, Ezekiel Kemboi and many other top rivals in the 3,000m steeplechase.
The second, and final, stop of the season takes place at the Memorial Van Damme contest in Brussels on Friday, September 11, where Evan is set to race 5,000 meters and looks to potentially lower his personal best in the event of 13:02.40. That PR performance came in 2013 on the same track in Brussels.
A Look Ahead
Zurich Diamond League
Thursday, September 3
Brussels Diamond League
Friday, September 11
After leading part of the race Monday in Beijing at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships, Evan slipped back to sixth place over the final 300 meters. The American record holder left the track disappointed, but appreciates all of the support from his friends, family and fans and looks forward to getting back out on the track soon.
Extremely disappointed in my race yesterday. It really hurts to work so hard for something all year only to have it come crashing down on you. I didn't show the potential that I had earlier this year, which makes the defeat even tougher. I'm so proud of all of my @bowermantc teammates for how they ran yesterday. I love these people and I'm happy I get to share the good times and the bad times with such great people.
A very conservative early pace led to a furious dash to the finish, but Evan succeeded on finishing top three, automatically advancing to the finals at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Beijing, China.
Evan led a few different moments in the race, always looking in control and only shifting gears over the final 70 meters of the race, passing two runners and finishing a half step behind Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto.
Finishing second in 8:41.51, Evan now shifts his focus to the 3,000m steeplechase final, which takes place Monday morning (in the United States) at 9:15am EST.
Letsrun caught up with Evan afterward, reviewing his race, the close finish and the final ahead.