Bernard Lagat Gearing Up For U.S. Trials

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 16, 2012
  • Updated May. 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM UTC
Bernard Lagat is going for gold this summer in London. Photo:

The Kenyan-born American will racing shorter distances until then.

He’s arguably America’s best distance runner, and at 37, there seems to be nothing stopping Bernard Lagat. The Kenyan-born Olympic medalist is gearing up for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

He says he’s hungrier than ever.

“I’m so hungry for something that I don’t have,” he said. “In the Olympics I don’t have a gold medal. That’s something I have to tell you: ‘I’m going for it’.”

Lagat appeared at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit earlier this week and mapped out his upcoming racing calendar.

He says that until the U.S. Olympic Trials, he will only be competing in shorter-distance races.

He will race the 5,000m at the U.S. Trials at the end of June. Referring to his matchup with Chris Solinsky in the 2008 final in the 5000m, Lagat said, “That boy hammered. I give him credit. That boy ran hard. At some point I thought he was going to drop me. But I didn’t let that put me down. I was like ‘let me fight, let me fight, let me fight hard.’”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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