Friday, February 22, 2008

Bernard Lagat continues his mastery of the indoor game...

Bernard Lagat continued his undefeated 2008 indoor season last night at the GE Galan – IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, winning the 3000 meter run, in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,500 at the Stockholm Globe Arena in the Swedish city.

Lagat ran 7:34.65 to easily defeat Paul Kipsiele Koech (7:36.24) and Abraham Chebii of Kenya (7:38.63).

According to the IAAF, "The front group of the men's 3000m passed halfway in 3:47.1 and when the last pacesetter left at 2000m (5:04) steeplechase specialist Paul Kipsieli Koech took charge of the race followed by Osaka double World champion Bernard Lagat and Abraham Chebii. Favorite Lagat went to the front on the second to last lap but didn't put on the full finishing sprint until the very last lap. But a 28.0 closer was still enough to give him a comfortable 1.6 s winning margin over Koech."

Lagat currently holds the American indoor record of 7:32.43, set last year. As reported yesterday, Lagat is opting to skip the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships and the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The full story on Thursday's GE Galan meet can be read here...

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