Sopot, Poland – The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program was represented by volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat in Sopot, Poland this weekend. Lagat competed for Team USA at the 2014 IAAF World Championships and earned a second-place finish overall in the men’s 3,000-meter race.
On March 7 in Sopot, Lagat ran in the preliminary round of the 3K and qualified with a time of 7:42.98, good for third place in heat two and an automatic qualifier for the final. He returned to the track on March 9 and earned a silver medal with a time of 7:55.22. Per the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), at 39 years and 87 days, Lagat becomes the oldest ever medalist in a men's event at the World Indoor Championships. It is Lagat’s fifth medal at the World Indoor Championships. He took second place in the 1,500-meter race in 2003. He won gold in the 3K in 2004, 2010 and 2012. Associated head coach for the Arizona track and field program, James Li, coaches Lagat. Li has coached Lagat since they both were at Washington State.
Lagat qualified for the World Championships after winning the USA Indoor Championship in the 3K with a time of 7:46.01 on February 22. Lagat ran the fastest time by an American in meet history. He stayed in the middle of the pack until 2,800 meters remained when he and Galen Rupp (Nike) took off ahead of the pack. Lagat beat Rupp, who crossed the line 7:48.19.
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