MOSCOW, Russia -- Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat finished sixth in the men’s 5000m final at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Moscow Russia Friday night.
Lagat ran a time of 13 minutes 29.24 seconds for sixth place in the 15-man final. Great Britain’s Mohamed Farah won the race in a time of 13:26.98. Lagat was the top USA finisher with teammates Galen Rupp eighth (13:29.87) and Ryan Hill 10th (13:32.69).
Lagat, 38, is a two-time Olympic medalist and five-time USA Outdoor 5000m champion. Earlier in the summer Lagat had what he described as a “twitch” in his hip, he attributed to being too excited to compete and overtraining. He said he went easier in his training during the three weeks leading up to the World Championships and was healthy.
Lagat spoke to Paul Merca of paulmerca.blogspot.com in Moscow after the race: (On being poised to make a move up in the last 500 meters) “It was a bit too fast for me. One thing I have to make clear is that I have no injury; no excuse. The race went better than I expected. I thought it was going to be crazy fast at the beginning and then it ended going slow with surges here and there. Running healthy and coming in sixth tells me something. There are guys that are slower than me at the moment. It was a disappointed that I did not medal but I look back and say I gave all my best. (On future races) I’m going to talk to my manager and see what we have in the plans.”
WSU’s Shawn Fermin ran the lead leg of the Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s 4x400m relay that ran a time of 3:33.50 for 13th place of the 16 teams competing. The top eight teams advance to Saturday’s final. The Russian women’s 1600m relay ran the fastest time of the day at 3:23.51 with the USA’s time next at 3:25.18.
Fermin, who has completed her collegiate eligibility and will get her undergraduate degree from WSU in December, told Paul Merca after the race: “I felt pretty good but in the last 100 I struggled a little more than I usually do. I think I still held it together and get the baton to Sparkle (McKnight). I think the college experience helped me a lot because you compete against some of the best athletes in your age group. Going to nationals and big meets help me establish myself as an individual. (On future plans) My plan is to keep running of course. I haven’t put together exactly where I’m training. It all depends on what grad school I get accepted to. I’m looking at Cal State Long Beach, Washington State and Cal Baptist.”