Olympic Spotlight: Bernard Lagat

Olympic Spotlight: Bernard Lagat

Olympic Spotlight: Bernard Lagat


Silver medalist in 1500m at 2004 Olympic Games
Bronze medalist in 1500m at 2009 World Championships
World Champion in 1500m at 2007 World Championships
Silver medalist in 1500m at 2001 World Championships
Bronze medalist in 1500m at 2000 Olympic Games
Silver medalist in 5k at 2011 World Championships
Silver medalist in 5k at 2009 World Championships
9th place finish in 5k at 2008 Olympic Games
World Champion in 5k at 2007 World Championships



Lagat is heading into the 2012 London Olympic Games after finishing 2nd in the 5k at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene.  At the impressive age of 37, Lagat has had an amazing career that includes multiple medals at numerous World Championships and Olympic Games, and it looks like London will be his final Olympic appearance.  Check out these past Flotrack videos that highlight the truly incredible running career that Lagat has had over the years.  

The Epic 1500 Battle at 2004 Olympic Games

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Lagat battled the world's best in middle distance running in a mind-blowing 1500m final. Lagat and Morocco's Hichem El Guerrouj ran an epic last 200 meters where the two fought for ever inch of the final stretch. El Gurerrouj eventually edged out Lagat for the gold but left Lagat with his first Olympic silver medal.

Lagat talks about the 2004 silver medal race here:



2011 Workout Wednesday with Lagat and Crew


Last fall, Flotrack captured the first filming of a workout with Lagat in a special edition of Workout Wednesday. Check out one of the all-time greats as he tackles some 600m repeats at a golf course in Tuscon, Arizona. 


Lagat Talks 5k at Trials and Past Championships

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In June 2012, Bernard Lagat chose to focus completely on the 5k at the US Olympic Trials and ended up finishing 2nd behind Galen Rupp to make his fourth Olympic team. In this interview, Lagat talks before the race about his competitors as well as his past championship experiences.   



Don't miss Lagat as he makes his 4th Olympic appearance at the 2012 London Olympic Games!




Legendary York High School Coach Joe Newton Passes Away

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By Tony Jones for MileSplit

Course Records Smashed At Honolulu Marathon

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By David Monti & Taylor Dutch, @d9monti, @taylordutch(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NCAA Weekend Recap: Sydney McLaughlin, Sammy Watson Debut & More

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Cheserek Is King Of The Kalakaua Merrie Mile

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By David Monti

HONOLULU (09-Dec) -- Winning 17 NCAA titles earned Edward Cheserek the nickname "King Cheserek" during his record-breaking career at the University of Oregon where he became the most decorated runner in NCAA history.  He lived up to that moniker at the second annual Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Waikiki here this morning, not only winning the men's race but also the gender challenge after a surprisingly tough fight to the finish against Kenyan teenager Merriam Cherop.  Cheserek, a Kenyan who has lived in the Unites States since he was a teenager, clocked 3:58.1, just nipping Cherop in the last five meters.

Dylan Jacobs Follows Lukas Verzbicas As Sandburg High Foot Locker Champions

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Dylan Jacobs won Foot Locker Nationals at Balboa Park on Saturday morning in 15:19.7 to become the second Foot Locker champion in Sandburg High School history, following distinguished alumnus Lukas Verzbicas' back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010.

FULL REPLAY: 2017 Foot Locker Nationals

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Watch the full replay of the 2017 Foot Locker XC Championships:

Claudia Lane Wins Second Foot Locker Nationals Title

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Nick Willis Using Merrie Mile As Stepping Stone for 2018 Campaign

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By Taylor Dutch, @taylordutch(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

 HONOLULU (07-Dec) — With two Olympic medals and eight appearances in global championships finals on his running resume, Nick Willis is ready to check off some of his last boxes. At 34 years old, Willis admits that the end of his career is near, but he’s still aiming for the next challenge.

Will 26 Seconds Be Enough For Merrie Mile Women?

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By David Monti, @d9monti(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

HONOLULU (07-Dec) -- The second annual Kalakaua Merrie Mile, scheduled for Saturday morning here on Kalakaua Avenue adjacent to Waikiki Beach, features a gender challenge with a twist.  The elite women will receive a 26-second head start over the elite men, then prize money will be paid by the overall order of finish, regardless of gender: USD 3500-1500-1000.

Christian Taylor's Biggest Rival Just Got Portuguese Citizenship

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo, the fourth-best triple jumper in world history, successfully obtained Portuguese citizenship this week after defecting from Cuba in April.