The 41-year-old ran 27:48 last May at the Manchester Road Race but amazingly has never completed the 25 lap track race. Li, who serves as the head distance coach at the University of Arizona and longtime coach of Lagat, said his success in Manchester was a good indication that a 6.2 mile race on the track could be in the works. Li also said he thinks Lagat could run under 28:00, which would give him the Olympic standard for Rio.
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Lagat hinted at running a 10,000m on the track on April 3 after breaking his own World Masters record at the Carlsbad 5000m with a 13:38 on the road.
“I’m going to try and train and stay healthy before the U.S. Trials. I still want to run the 5000m in Rio, but my coach said we should mix it up a little bit and try the 10,000m and see if I can run a good time in May. If I run a good time like 28 [minutes] flat then I will be happy. But I’m a miler and to go up to a monster like a 10,000m will be a challenge,” Lagat told race organizers.
Yes the 10,000m is a monster for someone with a 3:47 mile PB, but Lagat does have a 62:33 half marathon to his name and broke 28:00 on the roads last year.
The Payton Jordan 10,000m race is one filled with history and “magic." It will include Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and more big names, to be announced in the coming weeks.
This summer, Lagat talked to FloTrack and said he's not 'old' or 'done' with professional running.