He wants to run a sub-12:50 5000m in Monaco.
Multiple U.S. record holder Bernard Lagat recently sat down with Universal Sports’ Joe Battaglia to talk about his upcoming outdoor season. The Kenyan-born distance specialist is coming off a fantastic indoor season, having set the two-mile American record and winning the 3000m indoor championships in a close match with rival Galen Rupp.
In the interview, Lagat notes that he is pleased getting the Olympic ‘A’ Standard in the 5000m so early. He did it in Melbourne, Australia in March.
“Getting it early makes me flexible to go do training, or to come to a meet like this [Penn Relays],” Lagat said. “If I didn’t have that time, I would be at Stanford [for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational] right now. Having the standard gives me more time to train because I don’t have to chase it anymore. All I have to do is go to Nationals and execute.
This summer, Lagat is planning to try and run 12:49 for the 5000m in Monaco. “It’s good to aim high because to me 12:49 is the highest I can put it now,” he said.
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