Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lagat & Walker return to winning ways in Gateshead...

Bernard Lagat (left/photo courtesy Nike media relations) and Brad Walker rebounded from disappointing performances in the Beijing Olympics with victories at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead Sunday.

Lagat set a personal best in the 1000 meters, running 2:16.18 to turn back Olympic 1500 meter bronze medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand (2:16.93) and Eugene's Nick Symmonds (2:17.10 PR).

Walker defeated a field that included Olympic bronze medalist Denys Yurchenko of Ukraine, jumping 5.72m/18-9.25.

The Mountlake Terrace resident only took four total jumps in the cool drizzling conditions in Gateshead, first clearing 18-1.25 on his second attempt, then jumping the winning height on the second attempt.

Complete results from the Aviva British Grand Prix are posted here...

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