Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lagat falls short in attempt to run sub-13 for 5000; runs his fastest time since 2006

Former Washington State standout and double world champion Bernard Lagat's bid to break 13 minutes for 5000 meters came up a bit short, as he ran 13:03.06 to finish second behind Kenya's Micah Kogo at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

Lagat's time in Saturday's nationally televised stop on the Visa Championship Series tour was the fastest he's run over the distance since the 2006 season, when he set his personal best over the distance of 12:59.22.

Kogo's winning time was the fastest 5000 ever run on American soil, eclipsing Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia's mark of 13:04.05, set in this meet last year.

Three time Olympian Aretha Thurmond from Federal Way finished second in the women's discus behind Olympic teammate and 2008 gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton, throwing 202-5 (61.71m) to the Olympic champion's meet record of 209-10 (63.97m).

Former University of Washington and Boise State thrower Justin St. Clair finished fifth in the men's javelin with a toss of 224-6 (68.43m).

In the men's 1500 meter run, Auburn High School graduate Chris Lukezic was a distant eleventh in a time of 3:43.15, as 2008 US Olympian Leo Manzano cruised to the victor in 3:34.14.

Complete results from the Reebok Grand Prix can be accessed by clicking this link.

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