Lagat Will Step Off The Track After London Olympics

Road racing next on the multiple American record holder’s agenda.

Bernard Lagat, who ran 12:54.12 to set the American Record in the 5,000 meters earlier this summer in Oslo, has said the London Olympics will be his last serious track competition. A versatile runner whose range extends from 1,500 to 5,000 meters, Lagat won gold in those two events at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka. He will aim to run the 5,000 meters in London in an effort to capture the one Olympic medal that has eluded him in his storied career–gold.

“2012 will not be the end of competition for me, but the end of my track competitions almost for sure,” Lagat told Universal Sports. “If I was to go back in 2013, it would be like a farewell tour, just having fun going through places like London and Berlin and waving to the crowds that have blessed me with their support in my career.”

At 35 years old, Lagat hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down in recent years. He claimed gold in the 3,000 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March and ran his fastest 1,500 meters since 2007 this past summer. Most recently, he finished second at Sunday’s Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile, the longest road race he’s ever run to date.

“I would like to run a marathon,” Lagat said. “Anything is possible. It’s a matter of mentally, if you’re ready you can do it.

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