EUGENE — Bernard Lagat ran away from the field in the men’s 5,000M to win in 13.29.68 tonight at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. Coming into the last lap, five men were running in a tight grouping at the front, but Lagat hit the gas coming down the back-stretch and easily cruised home with the victory.
Matt Tagencamp and Ian Dobson finished just behind him to complete the US squad in the 5000M at the Beijing Olympics.
Adam Goucher had surged to the front to push the pace in the middle of the race, but he pulled up and dropped out of the race with about one mile to go. He had said prior to the race that he would save himself for a chance at the 10,000M if he felt he couldn’t be successful in winning the 5,000M.
Lagat said after the race that he was relieved that the 5,000M was behind him. He considers himself a 1,500M specialist and will contest that event later in the Trials. Lagat is originally from Kenya, but became an American citizen in May 2004.
At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka Lagat became the first athlete to become world champion in both the 1,500m and 5,000m at the same IAAF World Outdoor Championships. His fastest time in the 5,000M is 12.59.22, which he ran July 28, 2006 in London. His personal best time in the 1,500M is 3:26:34.
Results for the 5000M were:
1. Bernard Lagat (Nike) 13.27.47
2. Matt Tegenkamp (Nike) 13.29.68
3. Ian Dobson (Adidas) 13.29.76
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