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Bernard Lagat Can’t Be Counted Out, On His Upbringing in Kenya and Recent Return

Bernard Lagat was the subject of a Sports Illustrated story that I wrote this week titled: “Before Attempt at History, Bernard Lagat Returned to His Roots in Kenya.” The story shares how Lagat returned home to Kenya to train for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where he will be vying to make his sixth Olympic team at age 45. He holds a marathon personal best of 2:12:10 from last year’s Gold Coast Marathon and enters as one of the most intriguing dark horses in the men’s elite race.

The story and conversation also examine how Lagat has made himself one of the faces of American distance running when it’s less than 20 years since he made the allegiance switch from Kenya. He’s the second-fastest 1,500 meter runner in history and owns two Olympic medals from his time competing as a Kenyan. He switched in 2004. What was the reaction by Kenyans? How was he received by Americans? And what was the importance and role of immigrants in the revitalization of U.S. distance running?

More also on: Growing up in a family with 12 siblings, his first running shoes, when he first returned to Kenya in 2007, training with Eliud Kipchoge, AlphaFlys and shoe technology and much more.

Read the story on SI here.

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