EUGENE, OR – Bernard Lagat said he took every word seriously when he recited the oath that made him a U.S. citizen. Maybe that’s why the smile was so wide when he finally became an U.S. Olympian, as well.
Lagat won the grueling 5,000-meter race Monday night at U.S. Olympic trials, taking the next step on a journey that began in the sands of his native Kenya and reached its high point on a college track in Eugene, Ore.
Make that one high point. The Beijing Olympics are coming next.
”This is a dream come true,” Lagat said. ”This is very special running tonight. Now, I’m part of the USA going to Beijing. I’m very excited.” (more…)