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Lagat breaks two mile indoor US track record

Bernard Lagat
Bernard Lagat

The 21-year old indoor US track record for the two mile was broken yesterday, February 12th by Bernard Lagat. New York witnessed history in the making as Lagat finished the two mile race in 8 minutes and 10.07 seconds. The previous record of 8:15.02 run by Doug Padilla in 1990.

Lagat is not stranger to holding records of various distances on the indoor track.
He holds the records for distances of 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000, the mile, and now for the two mile. ""I'm so happy I have all five," Lagat said to the Associated Press. "I haven't felt this good since the world championships in Dohar last year." Dohar was where Lagat won his second gold medal in the 3,000 meter.

At the ripe age of 36, Lagat smoked the competition; one such competitior was Lukas Verzbicas, an 18-yr old #3 high school track runner of all time. This was Lagat's first attempt at running the two mile as a professional athlete. He received a $10,000 bonus from the New York Roadrunners for breaking the record and winning the race.