MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat qualified Tuesday to run for Team USA in the final of the men’s 5000m at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Moscow Russia.
Lagat ran a time of 13 minutes 23.59 seconds and finished third in the first heat, behind Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:23.22) and Yenew Alamirew (13:23.48). Lagat’s time was sixth fastest among the 29 racing in the prelim heats, and he was the top American finisher. Ethiopian Muktar Edris ran the fastest qualifying time of 3:20.82, out of the second heat. USA’s Galen Rupp ran a time of 13:2.91, seventh-fastest overall, and fellow countryman Ryan Hill ran a time of 13.24.19, 10th-best overall. Both join Lagat in the final. For more information about the races go to www.iaaf.org, www.usatf.org, and paulmerca.blogspot.com
Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist and five-time USA Outdoor 5000m champion, will join the other 15 qualifiers for the 5k final this Friday, Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m. Russian time (9:45 a.m. PT). NBC’s Universal Sports cable network is broadcasting daily with both live and taped highlights from the World Championships.
WSU’s Shawn Fermin is a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s 4x400m relay Fermin earned second-team All-America honors as an NCAA 400m semifinalist for WSU last June. A dual citizen, Fermin will run for Trinidad and Tobago in the women’s 1600m relay prelim heats Fri., Aug. 16 at 11:30 a.m. Russian time (12:30 a.m. PT). The relay final is set for Sat., Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Russian time (8:30 a.m. PT).