Lagat Breaks 5,000m American Record

June 4, 2010

PULLMAN - Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame member Bernard Lagat set the American record for 5,000m Friday night at the 2010 ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway.

According to a release on the USA Track & Field website, Lagat, the 2010 World Indoor 3000m champion, two-time Olympic and three-time World Outdoor medalist, ran a strategic race and finished third in a tim eof 12 minutes, 54.12 seconds to break the previous American record of 12:56.27 set by Dathan Ritzenhein in 2009. Chris Solinsky, the American record holder over 10,000m, finished sixth in a personal best 12:56.66, just outside the previous record. Imane Merga (ETH) won the race in 12:53.81 and 2008 World Indoor 3,000m champion Tariku Bekele (ETH) was second in 12:53.97.

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