Bernard Lagat won the bronze medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver in 2004. He’s going for the gold in 2008, and will be doing it under the American Flag. This raised America’s hopes of bringing home the gold in 2008 very high. At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Lagat surpassed all his previous achievements by becoming the first athlete to become world champion in both the 1,500m and 5,000m at the same IAAF World Outdoor Championships.
So far, the U.S. has been unable to win the 1500 meter race for more than a century so I am sure that there is a lot of optimism in the fact that Bernard Lagat will now be representing them and giving them what promises to be a long-awaited gold.
Although I am sorry that Kenya will not benefit from him running for them, we can take comfort in the fact that he is a Kenyan running under a different mantle, so technically, it’s like we still win….okay, I tried. It won’t be the same but I will savor it anyway.