WSU's Lagat finishes 4th in 5,000 meters

WSU's Lagat finishes 4th in 5,000 meters

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Bernard Lagat runs in the final of the 5,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, August 11, 2012.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

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Posted on August 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

LONDON  -- Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat finished fourth in the 5,000 meters Saturday, a race won by Britain’s Mo Farah complete an Olympic distance double for the host nation.

Lagat was in contention for a medal in the final 100 meters, but tripped and lost ground.

Backed by a boistrous, capacity crowd at 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, Farah surged ahead late and held on to win in 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds. He still had the energy to do a few playful situps on the track before he grabbed a flag for the real celebrations.

Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia won silver in 13:41.98, while Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya took bronze in 13:42.36.

The Somali-born Farah won the 10,000 meters on Britain's "Super Saturday" last weekend, the same night Jess Ennis won the heptathlon and Greg Rutherford the long jump.

More Olympics news at KING 5's Olympic Zone

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