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Rupp ready for Chicago after short Olympics turnaround

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Oct 8 (Reuters) – Galen Rupp might have missed out on a medal on the Tokyo Olympics however the American mentioned on Friday that regardless of a short turnaround he has had an awesome restoration and is raring to get to the beginning line for this weekend’s Chicago Marathon.

Rupp, who in 2017 grew to become the primary American-born male to win the Chicago Marathon in 35 years, positioned eighth on the Olympics the place some main names dropped out amid humid circumstances however mentioned his coach Mike Smith has him ready for Sunday.

“I’ve actually recovered great,” Rupp, 35, instructed reporters. “Obviously we knew it was going to be a quick turnaround coming here so soon after the Olympics, but it’s always nice when it’s something that you’ve been planning for.

“I knew I used to be going to come back right here properly upfront earlier than the Olympics and I feel Mike and I sat down and earlier than we dedicated, (we) actually talked about what are the professionals and cons of doing this.”

Rupp last competed in the Chicago Marathon in 2019 where, after recovering from Achilles surgery and in his first race of any distance in a year, he dropped out just before the 23-mile mark with calf strain.

After Tokyo, Rupp said Smith wanted him to take a short break from intense workouts so he could reset, clear his mind and spend time at home with family before resuming training.

“I took every week fairly straightforward proper after the Olympics, did not do any exercises, simply ran tremendous gradual. Mike actually mentioned ‘take into consideration your grandma operating with you,'” said Rupp, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It’s nearly transferring your legs and getting on the market and that is going to assist flush out plenty of junk that comes from operating a marathon.”

After the second week, Rupp was nearly fully recovered and so increased his volume and added moderate workouts to the mix. In the third week post-Olympics he picked up the intensity and has been hitting it hard ever since.

Rupp now hopes a return to a course where he has enjoyed success will help him to put the disappointment of his Tokyo Olympics result behind him.

“I might say the final six weeks have been higher than actually something I did earlier than the Olympics,” said Rupp. “You’re by no means certain how it is going to go coming off of a marathon like that however it’s really been a extremely good build-up for Chicago right here.

“I’m pumped to be racing again on Sunday, especially after having a little disappointing race in the Olympics.”

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto
Editing by Christian Radnedge

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