Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lagat to take shot at American record at 3000m...

Double Osaka World champion (1500 and 5000) Bernard Lagat arrives in Stuttgart after his splendid Mile win at New York’s Millrose Games last weekend and heads up a men’s 3000m field, the distance at which he was World indoor champion in 2004.

His opposition includes Valencia bronze winner Abraham Cherkos of Ethiopia, Osaka 1500 bronze winner Shadrack Korir of Kenya, reigning European indoor 3000 champion Cosimo Caliandro of Italy, eight-time European cross country champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine, Athens 1500 bronze medallist Rui Silvia of Portugal, plus former World and Olympic 5000 silver medallist Ali Saidi-Sief of Algeria.

For Lagat, today's Sparkassen Cup is for all intents and purposes, a home meet for the former Washington State Cougar, as his summer European training base is outside of Stuttgart.

Given solid pace-setting and if he’s “feeling good”, Lagat’s manager James Templeton told Bob Ramsak of TRACK PROFILE Report, Lagat may give chase to his 7:32.43 U.S. record set in 2007.

Lagat’s last race over the distance also came here in Stuttgart, a tactical victory outdoors at last September’s World Athletics Final.

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