MARRAKECH, Morocco--Washington State alum Bernard Lagat's (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) career undefeated streak at the IAAF Continental and World Cups came to a screeching halt as the 39-year old finished third in the men's 3000 on the final day of competition at Le Grande Stade.
Lagat, the winner of the 1500 at the 2002 World Cup in Madrid, and a double winner of the 3000 and 5000 in Split, Croatia four years ago, fell out of contention on the final lap of the race, as Kenya's Caleb Ndiku, running for Team Africa, pulled away to take the win over Azerbaijan's Hayle Ibrahimov, running for Team Europe, 7:52.64 to 7:53.12.
Lagat, competing for Team Americas, crossed the line in 7:53.95.
Courtesy of the IAAF, here is Lagat speaking to mixed zone interviewer Polly Wright:
In the women's 5000, University of Washington alum Katie Mackey, who according to her father Kevin Follett, suffered from food poisoning, finished a disappointing eighth in 17:06.25.
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia and Team Africa took the victory in a time of 15:33.32.
In the team combined competition, Europe won with 447.5 points, followed by the Americas with 390, Africa at 339, and Asia-Pacific at 257.5.