Author Topic: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)  (Read 3577 times)

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Can't find any articles on it yet but those are the official numbers as I'm hearing them.

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Re: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 06:21:48 PM »
Got this via e- mail today:

Bob Kennedy's old USA 5000m record of 12:58.21 set in 1996 lasted more   than 13 years.  But the man who broke Kennedy's record, Dathan   Ritzenhein who ran 12:56.27 last August in Zürich, saw his record fall   tonight after just nine months.  Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat   clocked 12:54.12 in a remarkable race in Oslo's Bislett Stadium to   become the fastest American, ever.
 
  Lagat did not win the race, placing third (the victory went to   Ethiopia's Imane Merga in 12:53.81), and he was not the only American to   have a breakthrough performance in the race.  USA 10,000m record holder   Chris Solinsky clocked a big personal best 12:56.66 in sixth place,   just a little slower than Ritzenhein's previous record.
 
  Ten men in Oslo broke 13 minutes, a record, according to statistician   Ken Nakamura.  The best times ever for places 8, 9 and 10 were set in   the race.  Qatar's Saif Saaeed Shaheen, who finished 11th, nearly got   under the 13 minute mark too, clocking 13:00.11.
 
  Elsewhere in the meeting, part of the IAAF Diamond League, 2008 Olympic   1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, won the Dream Mile in 3:49.56, to   narrowly defeat Ethiopia's Mekonnen Gebremedhin by 27/100ths of a   second.  Kenya's David Rudisha clocked a sizzling 1:42.04 world leader   in the 800m, to defeat Sudan's Abubaker Kaki (1:42.23 NR).  Milcah   Chemos Cheywa won the women's steeplechase in a world-leading 9:12.66.
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Re: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 08:04:20 PM »
Also, here is a portion of the USATF press release:

INDIANAPOLIS - 2010 World Indoor 3,000m champion Bernard Lagat set the American record over 5,000m Friday night at the 2010 ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway.

A two-time Olympic and three-time World Outdoor medalist, Lagat 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. Chris Solinsky, the American record holder over 10,000m, finished sixth in a personal best 12:56.66, just outside the previous record. Imane Merga (ETH) won the race in 12:53.81 and 2008 World Indoor 3,000m champion Tariku Bekele (ETH) was second in 12:53.97.

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Re: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 09:35:39 AM »
I couldn't pick up the live feed and was forced to track it second hand on Letsrun. Sounds like a perfect set up for a fast race. The floodgates are open. Solinsky's 10000 mark might not last long either, but I'm not sure if there will be many additional opportunities this year. Ritz will have a go at it, and Rupp will probably try again. Anyway, very exciting.

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Re: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010, 06:57:31 PM »
Wilson, it is shaping up to be an interesting summer. Solinsky and Lagat are already talking about how Solinsky is going to be taking down Lagat's time this summer. There are guys who could also make Solinsky's record short lived, though he is one of them himself if he would choose to make another attempt. You also can't forget about Ritz, who is still a fraction of a second faster than Solinsky over 5000.

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Re: Bernard Lagat: AR 12:54.12 in the 5000m (Chris Solinsky 12:56.66)
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2010, 10:41:50 AM »
Such a fun time in USA distance running ...

I was at Lake Nokomis this weekend (Minneapolis) Volunteering for FANS24 - Its an open course - Who do I see running very fast and effortlessly - came by 3 times - Meb - I guess he comes around about 1x a month.

I just hope this is just the start of something good and not at its apex.