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Galen Rupp won’t run marathon until after Rio

Dec 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While London gold medalist Mo Farah is set to attempt the 10000m/marathon double in Rio, his friend and training partner Galen Rupp won’t join him on the road until after the Olympics.

Coach Alberto Salazar said his silver medalist has a chance for gold in 2016, so he’ll stay away from the torturous 26.2-mile distance until after the Games.

“You move up when you feel you’ve sort of plateaued at the lower distance,” Salazar told Competitor.com during a podcast. “And only when you feel you’re not a medalist at the shorter distance.”

Salazar, who trains both runners, said he called that the two would go “1-2″ in some order the night before the race in London, and believes that the British star has brought the 26-year-old’s game up a notch… “or several notches.”

“Neither [Farah nor Rupp] had any lack of confidence that they could close that fast,” Salazar added. “Nobody had outkicked Mo that season… and Galen was right with him in all of our training.”