Lagat sprints to fifth Olympics - Tucson News Now

Lagat sprints to fifth Olympics

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The old man had more fuel in the tank.

Bernard Lagat, at 41 years old, became the oldest runner to ever qualify for a U.S Olympic team Saturday night when he won the 5000 meter event at Tracktown USA in Eugene, Oregon.

The Tucson-resident, who trains with UA distance coach James Li, came from sixth on the final lap to sprint to victory with a time of 13:35.30.

It’s Lagat’s fifth Olympic games (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012).  He ran for Kenya in his first two Olympic berths winning a bronze medal (2000) and a silver medal (2004) in the 1500 meters. He is also the American record holder in that event.

Lagat, who ran collegiately at Washington State, became a U.S. citizen in 2005 and has since run in international competitions as an American.

He finished 9th in the 5000 meters at the 2008 Games in Beijing and just missed the podium (4th) in London in 2012.

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