Bernard Lagat Plans to Focus on Road Racing After 2016 Olympics

Bernard Lagat set a masters world record for 5K road racing in Carlsbad earlier this year, finishing third in 13:40. Photo:

The Washington Post is reporting that the ageless Bernard Lagat will be shooting for his fifth Olympic track team in 2016. Should he make it, he plans on the Rio Olympics being his last championship track meet.

Lagat, who turns 41 in December, represented his native Kenya in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, medaling in the 1,500m at each one. Lagat became a U.S. citizen in 2004, and represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the 1,500m and 5,000m.

He has already had plenty of success on the roads, too. He’s set over-40 records in both the 5K (13:40 at the Carlsbad 5000 in March) and the 10K (27:48 at the Great Manchester Run) already this year.

As for where his road racing future will take him, he told the Washington Post he’s not exactly sure.

“For the future, I don’t know really,” he told the Post. “I do enjoy the 5,000 meters, 3,000 meters. So for me, if I was to step up and do something else, I think I might feel it might be out of my reach, but I would not say anything is out of my reach. … I think sometimes, mentally I feel like, ‘Man, I cannot do this.’ But when I step into a race itself, I surprise myself. So moving up, moving up and maybe going into half marathons and run a marathon in the future. It might not be competitively, but I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve done a marathon.’”

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