Bernard Lagat Sets 5,000m AR of 13:07.18, at 2012 Millrose Games, by Larry Eder

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Bernard Lagat, 2010 World Indoor Champs, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bernard Lagat, running a controlled race (4:12.75, 8:27.28 for one, two miles), used a 2.34 last 1,000 meters to set a new American record for the 5,000 meters of 13:07.15, breaking the AR of Galen Rupp set in AVIVA Birmingham in February 2011. Lagat's win was impressive, as he lead the field to three other records: a collegiate record for Lawi Lalang of Arizona (13:08.28), and Edward Cheserek set a new High School record of 13:57.04. Nice running by Leonard Korir of Iona, in 13:19.54 and Chris Derrick of Stanford, running 13:19.58!

But the race was Bernard Lagats. Bernard told RBR two weeks ago, " I am focused on the 5,000m this year, so lets see what I can do." Lagat can run faster this indoor season. This was Lagat's eighth American record.

Bernard Lagat congratulated the rest of the field and thanked the great crowd at the 2012 Millrose Games.

More details to come!

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