Ben True Wants To Show Americans Can Win At Distance Without Doping

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Remember defeatism? It was very popular around 2000 in distance running. People going around slumping, saying, “We suck. We’ll never beat those East Africans.” No? Neither does Ben True. Or at least, like a bad haircut, he considers defeatism a historic artifact, one that he’s had a hand in, well, defeating. Most recently, the 29-year-old New Hampshire resident won the 5,000-meter race at the Adidas Grand Prix over a field thick with East Africans. He’s the first U.S. man to win a Diamond League 5,000.

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