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Two-Time Drake Relays Champ Lagat Sets American Record In 5,000

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: June 04, 2010
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Bernard Lagat
Courtesy: Drake Athletics
OLSO, NORWAY - Two-time Drake Relays champion Bernard Lagat set the American record in the 5,000 meters Friday night at the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games.

Lagat, who will be competing in the 5,000 at the USA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium June 25, ran a strategic race and finished third in 12:54.12 to break the previous American record of 12:56.27 set by Dathan Ritzenhein last year.

Lagat becomes the second athlete to have set an American record in a track and field event within the last week who will be performing at the USA Outdoor Championships. Two-time Drake Relays champion Chaunte' Lowe set an American record in the women's high jump at 6 feet 8.25 inches May 30 in Cottbus, Germany.  

Lagat won the 3,000 at the 2010 World Indoor Championships and is a two-time Olympic and three-time World Outdoor medalist. He finished second in the invitational mile at the 2010 Drake Relays.

Imane Merga from Ethiopia won the race in 12:53.81 and 2008 World Indoor 3,000 champion Tariku Bekele from Ethiopia was second in 12:53.97.

Lowe finished as the runner-up in Oslo to reigning World Indoor and Outdoor champion Blanka Vlasic at 6-7.

Two-time World Indoor champion Lolo Jones, a four-time Drake Relays champ, won the women's 100 hurdles in a season's best 12.66.

Reigning World Indoor and Outdoor champion Christian Cantwell, a seven-time Drake Relays champion, won the men's shot put with a heave of 69 feet 11 inches. 2007 World Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa finished fourth at 67-10.75, and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson was seventh with at 65-4.

For more information and complete results from the 2010 ExxonMobil Bislett Games, visit http://www.diamondleague.com/Home/.

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