In the 3,000 meters at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque on Saturday, Bernard Lagat unleashed an impressive kick over the final two laps to beat Galen Rupp by two seconds.
Both Lagat, who finished the race in a time of 7:46.01, and Rupp, who finished with a time of 7:48.19, qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships next month.
The duel between Lagat and Rupp was considered the marquee event of the meet going into the weekend. Both runners have been turning in ridiculous times in 2014: Rupp recently broke the US records in both the 5,000 meters and at 2 miles, and Lagat set the 2,000 meters US record at last weekend’s Millrose Games.
Although closer in time, Saturday’s result was similar to what occurred at the indoor championships in 2012. During that 3,000 meters race, Lagat surged past Rupp to claim the title, finishing in a time of 7:47.54. Rupp finished in third that day, ten seconds behind Lagat.
Rounding at the top five on Saturday were Ryan Hill (7:49.62), Lopez Lomong (7:56.65), and Ben Blankenship (8:04.70). You can see the full results here.
[Source: Oregon Live]