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RE: Lagat GOLD in 3k
he's lived in the U.S. for something like 14 years, longer than many of you have been alive, and he is the greatest middle distance runner ever to don the U.S.A. jersey. This event had something of the feel of a world champs, and pretty solid competition, with obviously some key figures missing, but what he did was extremely impressive, particularly at his age. When Malmo was talking about Lagat running poorly for Lagat, he was overlooking his peaking schedule (go after world indoors, run an AR in the 5k early outdoors, then peak in August with an AR in the 3k) and the fact that he had run his best 1500m of the year at Monaco in July. Now he's run recently a 7:40 kicker's race, a 7:33-35, where he dropped off the pace, a 7:29.00 just back of little Bekele, and now 51 and 53 second hammers to win the only semblance of a world champs this year, on consecutive days. Sure, he competed for Kenya in 2004 just after becoming an American citizen, but he had no real choice: it was compete for Kenya or miss competing in the last Olympics during his peak years. Anyone else would have done the same. Stop for a moment obsessing about where he was born and what is the color of his skin and be grateful that the man CHOSE to make his home the U.S.A.

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