Brad Walker's second meet of the young 2008 season ended with a thud, as the former Washington Husky landed awkwardly after attempting 18 feet, 4 inches, the winning height for Germany's Alexander Straub. Walker blamed the mishap on a new set of poles.
''I'm a bit frustrated because if I had a normal series of poles it would have been a different outcome,'' Walker told The Associated Press.
The 26-year-old world indoor and outdoor champion said no bones were broken but he could miss Friday's Millrose Games in New York.Meanwhile, former Cougar Bernard Lagat, (above/photo courtesy USATF) the double world champion declared he is “absolutely where I am supposed to be right now” after a commanding win over Kenya’s Shadrack Korir in the 1500m.
Lagat bided his time in third place until 300m to go before unleashing his trademark finishing kick over the last lap to win in 3:45.89.
After the race, the 33-year-old Lagat ruled out competing in the World Indoors in Valencia, Spain in March, which was his mantra for the '08 indoor season.
Instead, Lagat has his sights on the Beijing Games, where he hopes to repeat his double triumph last year in the 1,500 and 5,000 at the World Championships in Japan.
“That was absolutely the kind of start I was looking for,” said the American, who then donned a tartan hat to the cheers of the small but noisy Scottish crowd.
NOTE: The IAAF contributed to this report.