Runner chooses Cayman flag

| 01/10/2009

(Runner’s Web): American miler Jon Rankin has decided to switch his allegiance to the Cayman Islands, his manager reported today. "Jon is eligible to do this because both of his parents were born in the Cayman Islands," wrote his manager, Merhawi Keflezighi, in an e-mail message. "This is something that was under consideration ever since Jon Rankin turned professional, but especially in the last year. We are working closely with the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee and the Cayman Islands Athletic Association to make this a smooth transition." Rankin, 27, who lives in San Diego and ran for UCLA as a collegian, has a 1500m personal best of 3:35.26 set in Stockholm in 2005. He’s also run 3:54.24 for the mile.

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