(left/photo by Paul Merca) looked to be in prime position to win the Emsley Carr Mile at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace as he sat on the shoulder of Kenya's Augustine Choge.
Only problem was that on Lagat's American compatriot Leo Manzano was thinking the same thing.
In lane 2, Lagat, in his last major race before running the 5000 meters at the world championships in Daegu, made his trademark decisive kick to blow past Choge, a former world champion at 5000 meters, who led most of the race after the two pace makers left the track.
However, Manzano, who looked to be out of the race with 450 meters to go, made a late charge on the last lap, caught the duo as they exited the final turn, and turned on the jets to pass Lagat with 50 meters to go to take the victory.
Manzano, the University of Texas alum, ran 3:51.24, with Lagat second at 3:51.38, and Choge third at 3:51.50.
In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Crawford finished seventh in a time of 13.13 as Sally Pearson of Australia took the victory in 12.58
In the semis earlier in the day, Crawford finished second in heat 1 in a time of 12.92, behind Pearson who ran 12.55.
Complete results of the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, the final Samsung Diamond League meet before the world championship break, are available here.
The Samsung Diamond League meetings resume after the world championships with the Zurich Weltklasse and the Ivo Van Damme Meeting in Brussels, the final two meets of the season-long series.
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