I just took an enormous dump. Discuss.
I agree that Bernard Lagat like him or hate him is the GOAT among American distance runners. Bernard Lagat has amassed more Olympic and World Championship medals in 4 1/2 years of actually representing the U.S then any other American has their entire career. BERNARD LAGAT is definitely the G.O.A.T distanc runner.
Representing United States
2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
2008 OLYMPIC GAMES
2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2010 WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIOSHIPS
2010 CONTINENTAL CUP
2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Daegu, South Korea
2012 WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
6 GOLDS (4 if you don't count Continental Cup)
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Is Lagat really an American distance runner, or is he a Kenyan who runs in America. If you can't be president because of your nationality, you shouldn't be considered American. That is not to say you shouldn't be able to run for America if you are a citizen.
How many other athletes who were born outside of U.S that became U.S citizens and the masses accepted them? Is it because Bernard Lagat is now an AFRICAN-American that he recieves such disdain?
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American: noun - Citizen of the United States of America. see Bernard Lagat
Anyway, Lagat is American. It should be a source of pride that Kenya's greatest middle-distance runner chose to study, live, and train in our country and compete in our uniform. No matter how many Sois, Kipchoges, Songkoks, Ngenys, Kiplagats, et al Kenya has produced, none of them has the long, consistently brilliant career as OUR Kip!
Not to mention that he seems to be the COOLEST GUY EVER! I can't think of one runner from any country that I would rather hang out with.
The following American athletes are ineligible to be President of the United States:
That's correct - they are under 35.
But seriously, Shorter is the American GOAT.
I'd take Kannouchi before Lagat in the naturalized Americans category. No medals but he achieved all of his success as an American immigrant. Morroco gave him nothing but his parents.
Frank Shorter was born with Germany citizenship and is in the same boat as Bernard Lagat as he too became a U.S citizen like Lagat. I'm certain Bernard doesn't care what the lot of you think about his citizenship and nor do the record books LOL!
Lagat with his 9 major championship medals all in a uniform branding U.S.A is the GOAT!
I'm a Lagat fan and consider him a "true American", but Shorter is a bad analogy. He is not a naturalized citizen, as he was born to US-citizen parents. You do not have to be born in the USA to be a citizen from birth - it is only one of the ways.
Can anyone name a US athlete who have won more WORLD or OLYMPIC medals combined as a middle or distance runner for American then Bernard Lagat?