Sept. 29, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Washington State distance great Bernard Lagat won the bronze medal in the men's 1500m race Friday at the Sydney 2000 Olympics as his Kenyan teammate Noah Ngeny shocked Hicham El Guerrouj for the gold.
Ngeny ran an Olympic record 3:32.07 for the gold medal, out-sprinting Morocco's El Guerrouj at the finish. El Guerrouj won the silver in 3:32.32 while Lagat was only 0.37 from the winning time at 3:32.44 for the bronze.
El Guerrouj is the world record-holder at 3:26.00, set in 1998, and has run the world's fastest 1500m this year at 3:27.21 August 11 at Zurich. Lagat's top time of 3:28.51, was clocked in the same race, is third fastest in the 1500m while his fellow countryman, Noah Ngeny, is second at 3:28.12.
Lagat becomes the eighth Washington State graduate to earn an Olympics medal.