Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bernard Lagat sets outdoor 3000m personal best in Ostrava...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) set an outdoor personal best, but finished third in the 3000 meter run at Thursday's Golden Spike Meet.

The reigning IAAF world indoor champion at this distance, Lagat ran 7:32.49 under cold and rainy conditions.

Lagat has an indoor personal best of 7:32.43, which is the current American record, set in 2007.

Yusuf Biwott of Kenya won the race in a world-leading 7:31.68 and fellow Kenyan John Kemboi was second in 7:32.16.

The highlight of the meet was Usain Bolt's attempt at a world best in the rarely contested 300 meter dash, in which the Jamaican won in 30.97, but was short of the world best of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson in Pretoria, South Africa in 2000.

Fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell won the men's 100 meters in a 2010 world best time of 9.83.

In a special arrangement by meet organizers, all 100m racers were also given a fully automatic time for 100 yards. Powell's time at the juncture, 9.09 seconds, eclipsed the 9.21, the fastest time ever recorded, run by O'Dea HS graduate Charlie Greene in 1967. The time also trumped the fastest hand time on record for 100y, 9.0, which Ivory Crockett ran in 1974.

Complete results of the Ostrava Golden Spike meet can be accessed here.

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