The End of an Era: Steve Prefontaine's Last Major Record Falls

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The End of an Era: Steve Prefontaine's Last Major Record Falls
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USA Track and Field distance running legend Steve Prefontaine's last standing record fell Thursday.

Upon his death, the Eugene Register-Guard famously dubbed the time as the "end of an era." After last Thursday's Olympic Trial meet, the running world has now come upon another end.

26-year-old Galen Rupp took the 5,000 meters in a time of 13:22.67, eclipsing Pre's 40-year-old Olympic Trials record as well as the rest of the field. Excluding his collegiate 3-mile and 6-mile times, the time was the final standing record of Pre's to fall.

"I really just told myself, 'Keep your head down, keep your form good and keep driving to the finish," Rupp told reporters after the race.

Prefontaine held every American record from the 2,000 to the 10,000 meters at the time of his death in 1975 at the age of 24. Since then, it's been a long process for American distance runners in breaking those records. In that way, Rupp's record-breaking performance is also the beginning of a new era for USA Track and Field as more and more record begin to be broken.

Ahead is a breakdown of the many records of Steve Prefontaine.  

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