Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pro news: Lagat out of USA Indoor Championships; Frederick ninth in Athens...

In a post on Trackshark.com, David Monti from Race Results Weekly reports that Bernard Lagat will not run the 1500 at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston this weekend.

According to a text Monti received from Lagat's agent, James Templeton, the reigning world champion at 1500 and 5000 meters injured himself in last week's Aviva Indoor Grand Prix meet, in which his indoor winning streak was snapped by Augustine Choge of Kenya. "He went over heavily on his ankle on the curb only 20 meters after the start in Birmingham," said Templeton.

This was to have been Lagat's first ever appearance at the USA indoor championships.

Meanwhile in Athens, Greece, former Washington Husky Norris Frederick's woes on the European indoor circuit continued, as he finished a distant ninth in the long jump Wednesday night at the Athens IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting, jumping a sub-par 22-3 3/4 (6.80m).

In a conversation that paulmerca.blogspot.com had with Frederick several days before the Athens meet, he revealed that he was having problems with his left knee, which he apparently injured in Glasgow, Scotland in the Five Nations Challenge meet.

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