Farah Achieves Olympic Distance Double
Lagat 4th in 5000m final at London 2012
Posted Wednesday, 15 August, 2012
LONDON - (August 11, 2012) - With a win in Saturday's Olympic 5000
meters, Mo Farah
of Great Britain stole the show with the 5000 / 10,000m double victory
, while a quick-closing Bernard Lagat
(Tucson, Ariz.) was tripped up in his attempt to win his third career Olympic medal. Regaining his composure in the last 20 meters, Lagat moved into fourth to finish in 13:42.99 with gold medalist Farah producing a 3:59 last mile and a final clocking of 13:41.66 to an ecstatic Olympic Stadium crowd of 80,000.
"I was very confident. I was just trying to go as I hard as I could. It would have been better to have been on the podium. The fourth spot is tough, but I have been the most blessed person in my career," said Lagat, 37, who is also a multi-World Championships medalist.
The 3.1 mile race unfolded with a slow opening 3000 meters that found Lopez Lomong (Beaverton, Ore.) leading a loping pack. The pace began to pick up when eventual silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia moved into the lead. Despite the faster pace, the pack remained dense and congested.
Twice a medalist at 1500m (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004), Lagat came off the curve positioned fifth, and while he managed to stayed upright, the clip with Kenyan Isiah Koech tripped up Lagat long enough to keep him out of the medals. Lagat regained his composure in the final meters of the race to move into fourth. Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) moved into the lead 600 meters out, but was unable to answer as Farah and the rest of the pack pulled ahead, leaving the 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist seventh in 13:45.04. Lomong finished 10th in 13:48.19.
London, GBR, Saturday, August 11, 2012
1) Mo Farah (GBR), 13:41.66, Gold
2) Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH), 13:41.98, Silver
3) Thomas Longosiwa (KEN), 13:42.36, Bronze
4) Bernard Lagat (USA), 13:42.99
5) Isiah Koech (KEN), 13:43.83
6) Abdalaati Iguider (MAR), 13:44.19
7) Galen Rupp (USA), 13:45.04
8) Juan Luis Barrios (MEX), 13:45.30
9) Hayle Ibrahimov (AZE), 13:45.37
10) Lopez Lomong (USA), 13:48.19
Full results and more at: www.iaaf.org/mini/oly12/Results/ResultsByDate.aspx