Choge over Lagat
The crowd was momentarily also uplifted by the prospect of a home win in the men’s 1500m as Neil Speaight came to the shoulder of long-time leader Augustine Choge the Commonwealth 5000m champion. But it was not to be as Choge did more than enough to hang onto the lead and to breast the tape first (3:38.52), while Bernard Lagat, the World 1500 and 5000m champion, came past the Briton on the final bend (2nd 3:38.69) and 2001 World Indoor gold medallist Rui Silva (3:38.99) came late also passing the local lad in the final straight. But Speaight still managed to go sub 3:40 for fourth (3:39.17).
Choge over Lagat
I'm surprised by these results. I read earlier in the week where Chris Lukezic said Lagat wanted him to rabbit the race to go for the 1,500 world record. Obviously, this is no where close to that and then he loses the race.
What was the pacing like?
I wonder if the prospect of being pumped for a record attempt, not seeing it set up was a bit demoralizing?
Lukezic talked about WR here:
Just found the answer to my question. There was no pacing. Probably played a big role in Lagat's loss.
400 Bernard LAGAT USA 58.67
800 Bernard LAGAT USA (59.15) 1:57.82
1200 Augustine CHOGE KEN (59.67) 2:57.49
Finish Augustine CHOGE KEN (41.03) 3:38.52
14:12 - 1500 METRES Men OFFICIAL RESULTS
1 Augustine CHOGE KEN 3:38.52 SB
2 Bernard LAGAT USA 3:38.69
3 Rui SILVA POR 3:38.99 SB
4 Neil SPEAIGHT GBR 3:39.17 SB
5 Rob MYERS USA 3:40.88 SB
6 Chris WARBURTON GBR 3:41.13 PB
7 Steve SHERER USA 3:42.52 SB
8 Stephen DAVIES GBR 3:42.69
Lagat sprained his ankle quite badly 200m into the race, hobbled in pain to finish the race.
Yeah I watched it.
It was live on bbc. Lagat really twisted his ankle bad but it didn't look like it affected his race. But then after race he said it was really hurt and blamed it for not winning.
German would have beat both of them
Any live footage on the net of the race?
its about time that lagat (a kenyan) lost to another kenyan.
i love seeing his home country get revenge on him for betraying them. what goes around comes around.
Nevermind that Lagat and Choge are friends and live around the corner from each other when they're in Germany.
Lagat went over on it very bad. it showed it on the reply how serious it was and you could see on his face when he was racing.
its shown here however you won't be able to see it on a regular USA ip address, you'll need to go through a UK proxy