Sunday, July 20, 2014

WSU alum Bernard Lagat & Garrett Heath of Brooks Beasts go 1-2 in 2 mile in London...

LONDON--Competing in the shadows of Buckingham Palace, Washington State University hall of fame member Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the two mile road race at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games Sunday over the streets of London.

The Sainsbury's Anniversary Games is one of the most unique track & field events on the pro circuit, as it takes the sport outside of the stadiums and into the streets.  For this year's event, a temporary track was laid out on the grounds of the iconic Horse Guard Parade venue, along with a shot circle, pole vault, high jump, and horizontal jumps pits.

In the men's invitational 2 mile race, Lagat took the lead from Emmanuel Bett of Ethiopia and Seattle resident Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts with 200 meters to go, crossing the line in 8:27.

Heath was second in 8:29, with Bett third in 8:31.  Former Bellingham resident and 2012 US Olympian in the steeplechase Donn Cabral finished fourth in 8:33.

In the men's pole vault, reigning world and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France took the win with a clearance of 18-8 1/4 (5.70m), while University of Washington alum Brad Walker finished in a tie for third with a leap of 18-0 1/2 (5.50m).

The British Athletics recap of the meet is available here, while the complete results are available here.


As a follow up to our post Saturday on Brooks Beasts member Matt Scherer's retirement from the sport, here's a post from friend of the blog Ken Goe in Sunday's Oregonian, which is worth a read.

NOTE:  British Athletics contributed to this report.

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