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Feb 15, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Bernard Lagat wins the 3,000m in 4:54.74 in the 107th Millrose Games at The Armory. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bernard Lagat sets American 2,000 meters record at Millrose Games

At the 107th Millrose Games on Saturday, Bernard Lagat broke Steve Scott’s U.S. record in the indoor 2,000 meters, completing the distance in a time of 4 minutes, 54.74 seconds.

In fact, multiple runners ended up besting Scott’s record, which was set back in 1981. Also dipping below Scott’s mark were Cam Levins (4 minutes, 55.35 seconds), David Torrence (4 minutes, 56.99 seconds), Andrew Bumbalough (4 minutes, 57.35 seconds), and Evan Jager (4 minutes, 57.56 seconds).

Lagat credited pacesetter Pat McGregor for controlling the tempo early on in the race. Per the Associated Press:

I give props to (McGregor). He took the pace nicely and that is the key to running fast. Someone has to not take it too crazy. So it (left) me with still a lot of energy to close.

Lagat wasn’t the only runner to enter into the record books on Saturday. Lawi Lawang of the University of Arizona set the NCAA record for the indoor mile, recording a time of 3 minutes, 52.88 seconds on his way to earning second place in the event.

17-year-old Mary Cain, although falling short of a record, won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile.

[Source: Runner's World]


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