Sept. 4, 2011
DAEGU, Korea -- Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat claimed the silver medal in the men's 5000m final Sunday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea.
Lagat, the reigning US Champion in the 5000m, ran a time of 13-minutes, 23.64 seconds, narrowly taking second place to Great Britian's Mo Farah's winning time of 13:23.36. Lagat, the American record-holder with a time of 12:53.60, ran a prelim time of 13-33.90.
Lagat quotes courtesy of Paul Merca (paulmerca.blogspot.com): "My finish was strong, but I felt myself boxed, and I just couldn't get out. I'm not making any excuses. I was waiting until 80 meters to go to move, but got boxed.
(on the race plan) "I was keying on Mo Farah, because he was the strongest runner, and so I kept on his shoulder the entire way. I was in position until I got bumped and boxed.
(on the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games) "I need to learn for 2012 that in order to position yourself to win, you have to stay out of trouble."