Bernard Lagat breaks US indoor 2-mile record
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Just after Bernard Lagat crossed the finish line at the Millrose Games, he collapsed on the track from exhaustion.
Lagat, 38, had just set a new American indoor record for the two-mile race. His finish time was 8 minutes, 9.49 seconds, edging out the former title by .23 seconds.
The runner can now boast five American indoor records for the 1,500 meters, 1 mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and—now—2 miles.
Throughout the race, Lagat knew he was behind the pace he had set, but believed he had enough left to still cross the finish line in record time.
"I was counting on that last lap," he told the Associated Press.
Lagat was not the only athlete to set new record times. U.S. Olympian Alysia Montano did so as well in the women’s 600. She ran the event in 1:23.59.