He knew he had it with two laps to go.
Last weekend, Kenyan-turned-American Bernard Lagat broke Doug Padilla’s 21-year-old record for the indoor 2-mile event. Afterwards, he fielded questions from Runner’s World reporter Peter Gambaccini about the race.
When asked whether he knew he had the record during the race, Lagat had this to say: “Yes, that was with two laps to go. I knew I think I was going to get it. I did not hear splits [from officials], but I was depending on Robby Andrews’ dad, who was reading me splits. So I was just calculating….All I had to do was just run the last two and I would get it.”
Lagat went on to say that he was closely watching Galen Rupp’s attempt to break his indoor 5,000m record in Germany over the weekend. Rupp ended up missing the mark there.
“Galen Rupp is going to go for the record again in Birmingham, UK. That race is set up so that Mo Farah [of the UK] can take it really hard, so he [Rupp] could get it,” he said.
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