Friday, July 25, 2008

Lagat's undefeated streak snapped in London...

LONDON--Bernard Lagat suffered his first loss this season in a final Friday night at the Aviva London Grand Prix meet, as he finished third in the mile run.

With 200 meters to go, it appeared that the former Washington State All-American was in good position to make his move exiting the final turn, with Great Britain’s Andy Baddeley and Shedrack Korir of Kenya leading after a fairly pedestrian first three laps, as the field elected not to run with the designated pacesetters.

As the field entered the homestraight, Lagat, who may have been experimenting with new tactics, according to the commentators on the Eurosport feed, was forced to swing wide to get running room, and appeared to close on the duo, but ran out of real estate.

Korir won in 3:54.68, with Baddeley second in 3:54.76. Lagat’s time of 3:55.20 was a season best, though nowhere close to his PR of 3:47.28.

Former Auburn High school standout Chris Lukezic finished eighth in 3:56.03, also a season best.

Lagat’s next scheduled competition is Tuesday, when he’ll run the 1500 meters at the Herculis meet in Monte Carlo.

The Aviva London Grand Prix resumes Saturday, with pole vaulter Brad Walker of Mountlake Terrace matched up against Australia’s Steve Hooker, and the reigning world indoor champion, Yevgeniy Lukyanenko of Russia.

Results from the Aviva London Grand Prix are available here

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