Bernard Lagat

Track and Field

Name: Bernard Lagat
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 5,000-meter
Height: 5-8
Weight: 134
DOB: 12/12/1974
Birthplace: Kapsabet
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Kaptel Secondary School (Kaptel, Kenya) ‘94
College: Washington State ‘01, Management Information System and Decision Science
Coach(es): James Li
Olympic Experience
  • Five-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016); Two-time Olympic medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 5th (5,000m)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, 4th (5,000m)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 9th (5,000m); 5th in semifinal heat 2 (1,500m)
  • Athens 2004 Olympic Games, silver (1,500m) – represented Kenya
  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, bronze (1,500m) – represented Kenya
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2014 – silver (3,000m)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2001, 2003 (1,500m), 2007, 2009 (1,500m, 5,000m), 2011, 2013 (5,000m); Indoor – 2001 (3,000m), 2003 (1,500m), 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014 (3,000m)
  • Medals: 11 (5 golds, 5 silvers, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2004 (3,000m), 2007 (1,500m, 5,000m), 2010 (3,000m), 2012 (3,000m)
  • Silver – 2001 (1,500m), 2003 (1,500m), 2009 (5,000m), 2011 (5,000m), 2014 (3,000m)
  • Bronze – 2009 (1,500m)
Personal: Son of Richard and Marsalina Leting...Has three brothers, William, Nathan and Robert, and six sisters, Violah, Irine, Evertine, Tecla, Mary and Angelina...Married Gladys Tom on Oct. 10, 2004...Has a daughter, Gianna, and a son, Miika...At age 41, is the oldest member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team...Donated all bonus earnings from the 2010 indoor season to the Haiti Relief Fund...Ran 1.5 miles to and from school in Kenya...In 2007, became the first American to win an outdoor world championship gold medal in the 1,500-meter, marking the first Olympic or world championships gold medal in the event for the U.S. since 1908.

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