Reigning World Outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat opened his 2008 season with a dominating performance Saturday at the 2008 Norwich Union Five Nations match in Glasgow, Scotland.
Lagat sat in third position in the men's 1,500 meters until there were 300 meters remaining in the race. His trademark devastating kick vaulted him into the lead and he held on for a convincing win with his time of 3 minutes 45.89 seconds.
Following the race Lagat claimed that he is “absolutely where I am supposed to be right now,” and that he intends to compete at both the 1,500m and 5,000m at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
“My thought is always to go out and win an Olympic gold. That is my only aim, my absolute goal for this year,” he said. “I am going to take it one step at a time, but I want to qualify in both events from the Trials.”
In other events in Glasgow, two-time NCAA All-American and 2007 World Outdoor Championships team member David Oliver won the men's 60m hurdles in a season's best time of 7.60 seconds. Reigning World Outdoor men's pole vault champion Brad Walker made one failed attempt at 5.60 meters/18 feet 4.50 inches, before dropping out of the competition with a heel injury.
Germany captured the team competition with 51 points, with Team USA finishing as the runner-up with 50 points. Great Britain & Northern Ireland finished third with 49 points and Sweden placed fourth with 42 points.