Friday, July 8, 2011

Bernard Lagat tows three Americans to world championships "A" standard in Paris...

PARIS, France--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the men's 1500 meter run at the Meeting Areva, part of the season-long Samsung Diamond League, at the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of St. Denis.

Lagat ran a season best time of 3:33.11 to finish behind winner Amine Laalou of Morocco(3:32.15) and defending Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya (3:33.04).

In the process, Lagat, who stated at the recent USA championships that he would skip the 1500 and concentrate on the 5000 at next month's world championships in Daegu, South Korea, pulled Leo Manzano (3:33.66), Andrew Wheating (3:34.39), and Matthew Centrowitz (3:34.69) under the IAAF "A" standard for the world championships.

Courtesy of, here are highlights of Lagat's race:

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In the women's javelin, Vancouver's Kara Patterson finished eighth with a throw of 190-11 (58.21m), as Christina Obergfill of Germany won with a new world leading throw of 223-1 (68.01m).

In the men's discus, former Husky Märt Israel of Estonia was eighth with a throw of 197-11 (60.33m), as reigning world champ Robert Harting of Germany won with a toss of 220-10 (67.32m).

Brad Walker's no height woes continued, as he failed to clear a bar in the men's pole vault.

Renaud Lavillenie of France won the event with a clearance of 18-9 1/2 (5.73m).

Complete results from the Meeting Areva can be accessed here.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Ireland, Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara, now competing for the Oregon Track Club, won the mile at the Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix, leading the first seven across the line under 4 minutes with his 3:56.83 clocking.

Complete results are available here.

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