The new mark looked to be untouchable to US ditance running except to the man who was 4th in that race. Galen Rupp also broke the AR that day by running 27:10 but was an afterthought in a race that produced both an American and Canadian record for Jerry's crew.
2011 was going well for Galen, with a new 5k PR in Birmingham he looked poised for a big show at the World Championships. Galen finished 9th in the 5k in Dageu but was still fit and had one race left on his 2011 calendar. The stage was set in Belgium with an all star lineup that included the great Kenenisa Bekele.