Bernard Lagat Fourth at Olympic T&F 5k Final
Aug. 11, 2012
LONDON -- Washington State University alumnus Bernard Lagat was denied his third Olympic medal Saturday when he finished fourth in the men's 5,000m final at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Great Britian's Mo Farah won his second gold of the games with his 5000m winning time of 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds. Farah won the 10,000m earlier in the week. Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia claimed the silver medal with a time of 13:41.98 while Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya took the bronze with a time of 13:42.36. Lagat's fourth-place time was 13:42.99. USA teammates Galen Rupp, a silver medal winner in the 10k, finished seventh (13:45.04) and Lopez Lomong was 10th (13:48.19).
Lagat won a bronze medal in the 1,500m at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and won the silver medal in the 1,500m at the 2004 Athens Olympics, both while competing for his native Kenya. In 2007, Lagat won the first gold medal by an American in the 1,500m at the World Outdoor Championships and the first Olympic or World Championships gold for the USA since 1908. He also became the first man ever to win the 1,500m-5,000m double at World Outdoors, and the first American to win a World Championship medal of any kind at 5,000m. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics running for USA, Lagat finished ninth in the 5k final after not reaching the 1500m finals.
Thursday WSU alum Ebba Jungmark, representing her native country of Sweden, did not advance from the women's high jump qualifying, passing the opening bar before clearing heights of 5-feet 10 3/4 inches (1.80m) and 6-0 3/4 (1.85m) on her first attempts. Jungmark then missed all three attempts at 6-2 3/4 (1.90m) and did not advance to Saturday's final.
For a comprehensive grid of Olympians with Northwest ties, go to the Seattle Times website at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/sports/olympics/2012/seattle-washington-london-2012-olympics.html
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