• German Fernandez looks for a new life as he goes Pro
» Sunday, 19 August 2012
Article source: Athletics
The US distance runner German Fernandez, a former NCAA indoor mile record holder, after graduating from Oklahoma State University (OSU) has signed a contract with NIKE. In February 11th, 2009 Fernandez was still 18 when he ran a phenomenal indoor mile of 3:55.02 and broke NCAA record. Even though his NCAA college record was bettered in 2012, Fernandez's time is still the best among Juniors in the whole world. Fernandez continued his success that same year by winning NCAA outdoor championships in 1500 by running running 3:39.00 minutes.
For three years German Fernandez struggled, where the runner had to face several ups and downs mostly downs due to injuries. He was forced several to quit races and couple of times he was not able to finish his competitive season for his (OSU) team. Many speculated that the career of young talent might be over.
Now he will be trained by coach Jerry Schumacher who has led another American Shalane Flanagan to a Olympic bronze medal in Beijing, As well he has coached other American standouts such as Chris Solinsky, Matt Tegenkamp and Lisa Koll. German's new training place from Steelwater, Oklahoma will now move to Portland, Oregon which is Nike's headquarters.
"German is one of those guys who has the ability and wants to be good. He's got the right mix I'm looking for," Schumacher said. "He did some really great things at Oklahoma State. I think he's excited to see if has that next level in him." Schumacher told.
Fernandez made only semifinals in the US olympic trials in 1500m, but he is looking forward to compete for his country in Olympics some day and to continue the success of US distance running.
American distance runners Leo Manzano's (1500m) and Galen Rupp's (10000m) won silver medals in London Olympics surprised many track and field fans around the globe.
"We shocked a lot of countries, and I've still got time to get there." Fernandez told media.
|Mile indoors.||3:55.02||College Station (USA)||28.02.2009|