Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lagat earns USATF Athlete of the Week honors...

Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning a record-eighth Wanamaker Mile Friday night at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A two-time Olympic medalist and the 2007 double world champion out of Washington State University, Lagat became the only athlete ever to win eight Wanamaker Mile trophies after he ran a blazing last lap to win in 3:56.34 and break his tie with Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most victories.

Now in its ninth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website.

Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

NOTE: Vicky Oddi of USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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