Ben True of North Yarmouth achieved the qualifying standard in the 5,000 meters for the world track and field championships, running a 13:06.15 on Saturday in Belgium.
True finished third in the race at the KBC Night of Athletics, finishing behind Dejen Gebremeskel (13:05:38) and Bashir Abdi (13:06.10).
True finished second in the 5,000 at the U.S. championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 28, assuring that if he ran the qualifying standard of 13:23 by the Aug. 9 deadline he would make the U.S. team for the world championships. He also qualified for the world championships in the 10,000 at the U.S. championships, finishing second in 28:14.26. True achieved the qualifying standard for the 10K in May.
True said he had no plans to run both races at worlds, which will take place in Beijing from Aug. 22-30. At the U.S. championships, he said he would run the 5,000 at worlds if he achieved the qualifying standard.
Will Geoghegan of Brunswick also ran in the race Saturday, finishing 15th in 13:17.85, which he wrote on Twitter is a personal best by 26 seconds.