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 runners in #Carlsbad5000 ! I'll give extra $ for top 3 Americans, extra $10k for American Record, extra $3k for master world record— John Legere (@JohnLegere) April 2, 2016
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.