Bernard Lagat’s 7:29 for 3000 meters is M35 world-age group record

USATF reports that “Bernard Lagat set the American record in the men’s 3,000m Saturday night at the Rieti 2010 meeting in Italy. In a race that saw Tariku Bekele (ETH) win in a world-leading 7:28.70, Bernard Lagat finished as the runner-up crossing the line in an American record 7:29.00. The previous record of 7:30.84 was set by Bob Kennedy in 1998. Kennedy once held every American record between 3,000 and 5,000 meters, but with the recent surge in American distance running his name has been replaced by the likes of Lagat and Dathan Ritzenhein.” Here’s another story. The listed M35 world record for 3K is 7:38.28 by Abdellah Behar of France. (But Bernard, 35, broke that in May with a 7:32.49.) Will anyone at USATF or WMA notice his latest WR?

Bernard took second to a kid, 23, but rules the masters world in the 3K.

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August 30, 2010

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  1. peter taylor - August 30, 2010

    No, his mark will not be recognized. His marks at the Millrose Games, the open nationals, and the world (open) championships have not been accepted; why should this one be any different?

    For those who like to look at these things in terms of traditional American measurements, Bernard averaged 4:00.9 per mile in this event. Wow. Again, Ken, it will not be recognized.

  2. Weia Reinboud - August 30, 2010

    But I personally do!

  3. Jerry Smartt - August 30, 2010

    My favorite trivia question has always been “Who was the first 4-minute miler?” People will say that it was Bannister. The answer is actually Derek Ibbotson who ran 4:00 flat. Bernie just floated through that on his way to 3K. WOW! As Dylan said, “The times they are a-changin’.” Smartty

  4. andres - September 1, 2010

    Big Lagat..!!

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  5. Ken Stone - February 22, 2014

    And at 39, Bernard does this at 2014 indoor nationals:
    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernard Lagat ran the fastest time by an American in meet history and took home the men’s 3000m title in a time of 7:46.01 to highlight day two of the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Lagat (Tuscon, Ariz.) stayed in the middle of the pack til the 2800 meter mark when he and Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) took off ahead of the fray. Lagat sat patiently in sixth before turning on his kick with 120 meters to go to finish first ahead of Rupp who crossed the line 7:48.19.

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