Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lagat's winning streak falls in Birmingham...

Washington State alum Bernard Lagat's winning streak in the 2009 indoor season came to a halt in Birmingham, England, as Kenya's Augustine Choge won the 1500 meter race at the Aviva Grand Prix meet in the British city Saturday.

Choge, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion at 5000 meters, and a former IAAF world junior cross country champion did more than enough to hang onto the lead and to breast the tape first (3:38.52), while Lagat, the reigning World 1500 and 5000m champion, came past Britain's Neil Speaight on the final bend (2nd 3:38.69) and 2001 World Indoor gold medallist Rui Silva (3:38.99) came late also passing the local lad in the final straight.

Speight, who challenged Choge on the final lap, ran 3:39.17 to finish fourth.

Lagat's next race is at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston next week, where he'll contest the 1500.

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