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Kenyanen verslaan team Lagat

21 januari 2014 (0 reacties)

Kenyans floor Lagat on his US debut


Alex Kipchirchir verslaat in Lagat

Kenyas Alex Kipchirchir overtook Bernard Lagat, now running for the United States, down the home stretch of the 1,600m anchor to give the Kenyans victory in the 1,200m-400m-800m-1,600m medley race in 9:15.56. The Americans finished second in 9:15.63, also bettering the previous record of 9:20.10 that was set by the University of Arkansas in 1989.

Kipchirchir
United States women also set world best in the womens sprint medley. A USA “Blue” team of Rachelle Boone-Smith, Lauryn Williams, Monica Hargrove and Hazel Clark timed 3:37.16 to break the previous best of 3:37.42 set by a USteam in the 200-200m-400m-800m race at this meet last year. The two records were the highlights of the USA vs The World contest on the final day of the contest. The Kenyans victory in the distance medley put a damper on the US national team debut of Lagat, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic medallist for Kenya. Lagat was leading when he took the baton on the 1,600m anchor with Kipchirchir following closely behind. Lagat made a bold move with 200 metres to go to open a two-metre advantage.
However, Kipchirchir made up the ground and won a spirited duel down the homestretch over his former countryman.
“The last 100 I thought that I had it. Basically, he outkicked me in the end,” Lagat said. “It was like being in a race and having a pace maker who runs in front of you and it worked to his advantage.” Kipchirchir ran 3:52.8 for the fastest 1,600m split in meet history with Lagat running 3:53.8. Afterward, Kipchirchir and his teammates seemed in disbelief after knocking off Lagat and the Americans. “The last 50 metres my legs guided me to winning,” Kipchirchir said. “It was a very good experience for us to go up against big-time guys like Lagat. We knew the American guys could sprint.”

Liep niet tegen de Kenyanen
Elkanah Angweni opened with a 2:50.8 1200m leg, followed by 45.8 400m carry by Thomas Musembi and a 1:46.2 split by Alfred Kirwa Yergo. The U.S. lineup was Chris Lukezic (2:51.7), James Carter (45.6), Khadevis Robinson (1:44.5) and Lagat.
Lagat said it was a peculiar feeling when he looked in the mirror after putting on his US uniform for the first time in his hotel before Saturdays race. He tried to focus on winning and setting a record but conceded it would have been satisfying to defeat Kenya. “When it comes down to it, I wanted to win wearing this (USA) uniform,” Lagat said. “I was going to run to my best so that we could win. It wasnt like running against the Kenyans. Today, it would have been nice to beat my old countrymen. At some point, I felt that I let my team-mates down.

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Kenyanen verslaan team Lagat

1 mei 2006 (0 reacties)

Kenyans floor Lagat on his US debut


Alex Kipchirchir verslaat in Lagat

Kenyas Alex Kipchirchir overtook Bernard Lagat, now running for the United States, down the home stretch of the 1,600m anchor to give the Kenyans victory in the 1,200m-400m-800m-1,600m medley race in 9:15.56. The Americans finished second in 9:15.63, also bettering the previous record of 9:20.10 that was set by the University of Arkansas in 1989.

Kipchirchir
United States women also set world best in the womens sprint medley. A USA “Blue” team of Rachelle Boone-Smith, Lauryn Williams, Monica Hargrove and Hazel Clark timed 3:37.16 to break the previous best of 3:37.42 set by a USteam in the 200-200m-400m-800m race at this meet last year. The two records were the highlights of the USA vs The World contest on the final day of the contest. The Kenyans victory in the distance medley put a damper on the US national team debut of Lagat, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic medallist for Kenya. Lagat was leading when he took the baton on the 1,600m anchor with Kipchirchir following closely behind. Lagat made a bold move with 200 metres to go to open a two-metre advantage.
However, Kipchirchir made up the ground and won a spirited duel down the homestretch over his former countryman.
“The last 100 I thought that I had it. Basically, he outkicked me in the end,” Lagat said. “It was like being in a race and having a pace maker who runs in front of you and it worked to his advantage.” Kipchirchir ran 3:52.8 for the fastest 1,600m split in meet history with Lagat running 3:53.8. Afterward, Kipchirchir and his teammates seemed in disbelief after knocking off Lagat and the Americans. “The last 50 metres my legs guided me to winning,” Kipchirchir said. “It was a very good experience for us to go up against big-time guys like Lagat. We knew the American guys could sprint.”

Liep niet tegen de Kenyanen
Elkanah Angweni opened with a 2:50.8 1200m leg, followed by 45.8 400m carry by Thomas Musembi and a 1:46.2 split by Alfred Kirwa Yergo. The U.S. lineup was Chris Lukezic (2:51.7), James Carter (45.6), Khadevis Robinson (1:44.5) and Lagat.
Lagat said it was a peculiar feeling when he looked in the mirror after putting on his US uniform for the first time in his hotel before Saturdays race. He tried to focus on winning and setting a record but conceded it would have been satisfying to defeat Kenya. “When it comes down to it, I wanted to win wearing this (USA) uniform,” Lagat said. “I was going to run to my best so that we could win. It wasnt like running against the Kenyans. Today, it would have been nice to beat my old countrymen. At some point, I felt that I let my team-mates down.

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