Bernard Lagat Lowers His Own Masters 5K World Record In Carlsbad


Bernard Lagat continues to obliterate the rules of aging, and today the 41-year-old lowered his own masters world record in the road 5K to 13:38 at the Carlsbad 5000m. Lagat finished fourth on Sunday behind Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei (13:24), Kenyan Wilson Too (13:29) and Ethiopian Debeli Gezmu (13:38), and took two seconds off the 13:40 record he set at this same race a year ago.

T-Mobile CEO Joh Legere, a very wealthy running fan, made Lagat’s great day in Southern California even better by tacking on some extra prize money.

American Hassan Mead was a second behind Lagat in fifth in 13:39.

32-year-old Meseret Defar won her fourth career Carlsbad 5000 crown in 15:02. The two-time Olympic champion and six-time World champion set the 14:46 5K world record at this event 10 years ago.

Another 41-year-old, Jen Rhines, was fifth in 15:53, just off the 15:48 U.S. women’s masters record.

With Caution, Emily Sisson Hopes For Fast Time At Houston Half Marathon

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HOUSTON (18-Jan) -- Emily Sisson has a very short résumé when it comes to the half marathon.  It is, nonetheless, impressive. 

In two starts at the distance, both at the United Airlines NYC Half in March of 2017 and 2018, she finished a close second to the winner.  In her first attempt she clocked 1:08:21 and was narrowly defeated by her training partner, Molly Huddle, who set the American record for an all-women's race: 1:08:19.  In the second, on a brutally cold and windy day, she lost by just one second to in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Buze Diriba, clocking 1:12:24.  In those races, Sisson raced for position and wasn't focused on time.