Lagat Named World's Best 1500m Runner

Jan. 13, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Cougar Bernard Lagat was named the top male 1500m runner in the world in the January 2005 issue of Track & Field News.

Lagat won the silver medal in the 1500m last summer at the Athens Olympic Games representing his native country of Kenya. He also won a bronze medal in that event at the 2000 Sydney Games. Lagat's top world ranking in the 1500m ended Hichan El-Guerrouj's seven straight number-one rankings. Lagat ran the world's fastest 1500m time in 2004 of 3 minutes, 27.40 seconds and defeated El-Guerrouj twice before losing to him at the finish line at the Olympics.

Other Cougars alums ranked among the world's best include US Olympian Ian Waltz, ranked third in the discus, Arend Watkins ranked sixth in the high hurdles, and WSU assistant track coach Ellannee Richardson ranked eighth in the women's 400m hurdles.

The same issue of Track & Field News also ranks the United States athletes and lists former Cougars Anthony Buchanan tied for 21st in the 100m dash, Tim Gehring 23rd in the shot put, and Curt Borland 27th in the javelin.

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