December 4: Big breakthrough for Jack Meijer in California

Jack Meijer, representing the University of Wisconsin, where he is in the second year of his studies, smashed his personal best for 5000m by 70 seconds in a race in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Competing against USA star Matt Centrowitz, the 1500m Olympic Gold Medallist from Rio, Jack finished in 12th place, just 12 seconds behind him in 13:44.17. This knocks almost half a minute off the club record set by Marcin Fudalej in 2010.

The first picture above shows Jack (in an orange vest), going through 3000m in third place in 8:19.25 (his pb is 8:18.78). He was overtaken by Matt Centrowitz (in the red and white vest in the second picture) just after 3800m.

This result puts Jack in seventh place on the UK 5000m rankings for 2020 and 183rd on the UK all-time rankings.

Full results from California

Jack’s track result followed an outstanding elite cross country race at Terre Haute, Indiana, three weeks earlier, on November 14, where he placed fourth in a sprint at the end of an 8000m race in 23:54.6, just 0.3 seconds behind third place and just 1.3 seconds behind second-placed Olympic Athlete, Paul Chelimo, who was the 5000m silver medallist at Rio in 2016, behind Mo Farah.

Full Results from Terre Haute

Video of the finish