Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hot link of the day: RW interview with Bernard Lagat...

In advance of Saturday's Reebok Grand Prix meet in New York on Saturday, Runner's World Online's Peter Gambaccini interviewed Bernard Lagat, who is entered in the men's 5000 meter run.

The Reebok Grand Prix is part of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series cumulating with the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late June in Eugene, Oregon. The Reebok Grand Prix will be televised by NBC Sports.

The field will include 2009 World Cross Country champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, Kenyans Micah Kogo, Edwin Soi, and Haron Lagat, Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, Abdi Abdirahman of the U.S., and Sam Chelanga, the 2008 NCAA Cross Country runnerup from Liberty University. Bernard Lagat ran his own 5000-meter best of 12:59.22 in London in 2006.

The goal for the field is to go under 13:00, a feat never accomplished on American soil. Gambaccini writes that the promoters have assembled two pacemakers to ensure that the pace is fast enough to go sub-13.

After Reebok, Lagat will run the 3000 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on June 7th, then run the 5000 at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships three weeks later.

As the defending world champion at 1500 and 5000 from Osaka, all the former Washington State standout needs to do to go to Berlin is simply compete in Eugene at the nationals.

He joked, "I don't have to do much of anything. I can go in there and try and run against Kerron Clement in the 400 hurdles. No problem. I will do, what, 66 (seconds)? I can do that. I will be the slowest man in the history of the 400 hurdles (laughs)."

To read the full interview, click here...

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