Aug. 31, 2011
DAEGU, Korea -- Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat ran the fastest time in the men's 5000m qualifying heats Thursday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea.
Lagat, the reigning US Champion in the 5000m, ran a prelim time of 13-minute, 33.90 seconds, well past his American record time of 12:53.60.
The men's 5k final will be run Sunday, Sept. 4, at 7:40 p.m. in Korea (Pacific Time - 3:40 a.m.).
Lagat quotes courtesy of Paul Merca (paulmerca.blogspot.com): "You can't go into a mindset that you're gonna be top five, especially when you enter the last 100 meters and there's nine or 10 guys around you, so I didn't want to take the chance; besides I wanted to be in the top three. I felt good, and didn't feel like I used a lot of energy. Two more days, just rest up and hydrate.
"I talked to my son Miika this morning and he asked how I felt, and I said, 'I feel like a million bucks', and he replied, 'Now go run like a million bucks'."
Another Cougar alum, Ebba Jungmark competing for her native Sweden did not advance to the 12-woman final of the high jump. Jungmark cleared 6-feet, 3 1/2 inches (1.92m) Thursday which was the ninth-best height overall but she efforts placed her 17th.