Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lagat & Walker both defeated in Berlin...

Bernard Lagat spoke to the press two days after his victory in the 1500 in Osaka, Japan. /photo by Paul Merca

BERLIN, Germany--Former Washington State University star Bernard Lagat finished second in the 1500 meter run at the Berlin ISTAF Golden League meeting today, running 3:34.79 behind winner Daniel Kipchirchir Komen of Kenya's 3:34.09 .

Komen, who was one of the pre-meet favorites to win the global title that Lagat claimed in Osaka, didn't make the finals of the world championships.

Former Auburn High School standout Chris Lukezic didn't finish the 1500 race.

Pole vaulter Brad Walker from Mountlake Terrace another world champion with Northwest ties, finished third in his event, clearing 19-0 3/4. Danny Ecker of Germany, third in Osaka, emerged with the victory, jumping 19-2 3/4 while countryman Bjorn Otto took second at 19-0 3/4.

Portland's Kara Goucher set a huge personal best in the 5000m, running 14:55.02 in finishing third behind Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya's 14:50.78, and Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia's 14:53.89.

Both Walker and Lagat are slated to compete next at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart on Saturday and Sunday.

4 comments:

Database Diva said...

I guess you really can't win them all! Finishing second and third in their events is still respectable. Kara's third place finish & PR were awesome.

Are you in Berlin?

Mercanator said...

I am in the confines of home in south Seattle, one day after covering the Husky cross country meet at Lincoln Park.

My Achilles is acting up again...

Database Diva said...

Better get in to see Tracy! I hope it heals up quickly.

Mercanator said...

I think I know how to manage this particular one...I have not done anything stupid (yet)...cross my fingers and toes on this!

I made the mistake two weeks ago of doing two runs (one in LA, and one in Seattle) on the same day, because my body was so disoriented from the long flight from Hong Kong.

Did you see my blurb on my media 800? The funny part was that I had my Nano when I had the group photo taken, and when I was with Steve Ovett...so I can now say my Nano's met an Olympic champion!

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