Endurance: Ben True

Confidence is the key for Ben True

May, 25, 2013
Ben TrueChristopher Lee/Getty ImagesAmerican Ben True has been on a tear since winning the USA National 15K Championships in March.
NEW YORK -- The last three months have been quite a journey for American Ben True. The 27-year-old Saucony-sponsored athlete won the USA National 15K championships in March, placed a surprising sixth at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, set a 1,500m personal best at the Mt. SAC Relays in April, then nine days later won the Payton Jordan 5,000m at Stanford University, timing a World Championships "A" standard time of 13:14.44.

Confidence, he said, has been the key to his success this year.

"Things are definitely going well," True said with a chuckle, speaking to reporters here on the eve of the Diamond League’s third meeting of 2013, the adidas Grand Prix. "I can't complain too much."

Working with 1996 Olympian and Dartmouth University head coach Mark Coogan, True has developed into one of America's most consistent distance runners in 2013. Currently the world leader at 5,000m, he is primed to continue his recent success tomorrow in the 5,000m, when he faces Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel and 19-year-old Ethiopian sensation Hagos Gebrhiwet.

True credits his rapid development to another year's experience and Coogan, who has helped reel in the competitive True and adjust his mindset.

"I think physical fitness wise, I am fairly similar to where I was last year," True explained. "I don't think I was able to really put anything together in a race last year. This year I am able to put things together; this year I think my confidence is a lot higher whereas last year I doubted myself a lot more."

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