31 Mar '14, 7pm

Lagat sets U.S. 5K record but Gebremeskel triumphs at Carlsbad

Lagat sets U.S. 5K record but Gebremeskel triumphs at Carlsbad

Bernard Lagat accomplished his mission of setting the American 5K road record Sunday at the Carlsbad 5000 , but he could not catch Dejen Gebremeskel. Lagat’s time of 13:18.44, rounded to 13:19 for road race ratification purposes, broke the mark of 13:24 set by Marc Davis in 1996. It was, however, Gebremeskel, who pulled away for the victory. The Ethiopian won for the fourth straight time, finishing in 13:13. The matchup between Gabrielle Grunewald and Jordan Hasay , their first since the controversial 3000-meter run at the USA Indoor Championship, drew plenty of attention in the women’s race. However, neither was a factor as British runner Julia Bleasdale broke away and won handily in 15:06. Hasay finished seventh and Grunewald ninth. Gebremeskel has a history of narrow losses to Lagat, including at the recent IAAF World Championship 3000-meter race in Poland where Lagat f...

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