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Kansas City, Missouri — Matt Tegenkamp established himself as one of the best long-distance runners of his age group early in his career at Lee’s Summit High School.
As a senior Tigers, Tegenkamp won the Missouri Class 4 state cross-country title at record speed on the track. He also swept the 1600m and 3200m races, leading the Lee’s Summit to the Team Championship in the Class 4 Athletics Championships. This hinted at his talent for leading him to consecutive Olympic appearances after his career at the University of Wisconsin.
Tegenkamp won the heat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished 13th in the 5,000 finals.
He returned to the Olympics at 10,000 and finished 19th at the 2012 London Olympics.
Tegenkamp suffered an injury at college, but prospered professionally a few years after graduating from Wisconsin in 2005.
He was the first person to run less than four minutes on the soil of Wisconsin and continues to be the US record holder for the two miles (8: 07.07) set in the 2007 Prefontaine Classic.
In addition, Tegenkamp was the 2005 USATF Club Cross-Country Champion, two US Indoor 3,000 Champions (2007 and 2008), and the 2009 US Outdoor 5,000 Champion.
He became the US champion in the 10,000 Road Race in July 2013 and participated in the marathon later that year. Before retiring in 2016..
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