Lagat sets American 5K road record

Updated: March 30, 2014, 4:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Bernard Lagat has set the American 5,000-meter road record by clocking 13 minutes, 18 seconds in the Carlsbad 5000.

Lagat finished second Sunday after Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia pulled away with 300 meters left. Gebremeskel won his fourth straight Carlsbad 5000 in 13:13.

Lagat broke Mark Davis' mark of 13:24, set in the Carlsbad 5000 in 1996.

Lagat, a four-time Olympian and holder of five American middle-distance records, was competing in his first 5K road race.


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