Bernard Lagat is a Kenyan-American athlete who takes part in mainly middle and long-distance races. He has been playing the sport for several years and has had an incredible career. He also holds the American record for the mile run, 1500 m indoors and 3000 m, 1500 m, and 5000 m outdoors. He also the record holder in Kenya for the 1500 m outdoors. He is a second faster runner in the 1500 m category and is only behind the Moroccan runner; Hicham El Guerrouj, but he will surely take the first spot soon as Hicham has retired from the sport. Bernard has participated in the Olympics five times and has won medals in 13 Olympics and world championships. In the Rio Olympics, he got fifth place in the 5000 m finals, and he was 41 years old at that time. Bernard is being coached by James Li from the University of Arizona for the last ten years.
Bernard was born on December 12, 1974, in the Kaptel Village in the Nandi District of Kenya. He belongs to the Nandi tribe and completed his graduation in the year 1994 from Kapitel High School. While studying in the school, he developed an interest in athletics and decided to build a career in the same. Later in 1966, he got enrolled in the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi. Later, he shifted to the Washington State University, where he studied and played with other legends such as Michael Kosgei and Henry Rono. He won three NCAA championships while studying at the Washington State University.
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If we talk about his professional career in Athletics, it started with the 2000 Sydney summer Olympics. He participated in the 1500 m, and it was a cut-throat competition between Hicham El Guerrouj, Noah Ngeny, and Bernard Lagat. After all the efforts, Lagat was able to get the 3rd position and win the bronze medal. Next year, he participated in the World Championships in Athletics, 2001, and got a silver medal. He stayed at the 2nd Rank in the world during that year. El Guerrouj was his biggest competition, and he worked hard to beat him in almost all the prominent races of his career. In the year 2003, some traces of EPO were found in the blood of Lagat, which made him withdraw from the 2003 world outdoor championships.
In 2005, he got the citizenship of the United States and started representing the country in international events. He was also banned from the International competitions, which made him miss the IAAF World Championships held in Helsinki. He has set three world records while representing United Stated in the International athletic competitions. In 2007, he got the biggest achievement of his career when he becomes the first athlete to become Double World Champion.
Bernard is married to Gladys Tom, whom he met while studying at the Washington State University. They have a son and a daughter together, and he is currently living in Tucson, Arizona, with his family.
Bernard is one of the top athletes in the world, and his estimated net worth must be around $13 million.