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Athletics: Lagat headlines Team USA men's runners at World Outdoor Championships

BERLIN - Reigning World Outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat will lead Team USA's men's middle and long distance runners at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.

This will be the first time Team USA has returned to Berlin for a major international championship competition since the 1936 Olympic Games, where National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jesse Owens won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.


Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat posted an historic win in the men's 1,500m at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. In winning the final in 3 minutes 34.77 seconds, Lagat gave Team USA its first ever gold medal in that event at a World Outdoor Championships, and the first Olympic or World Championships 1,500m gold medal since 1908, when Hall of Famer Mel Sheppard won the Olympic title. Lagat posted the fastest time by an American this season on July 12 when he won in Tanger in 3:32.56.

Joining Lagat on the Team USA roster for Berlin will be 2008 Team USA Olympic Games flag-bearer and 2007 NCAA champion Lopez Lomong, who finished third at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Lomong won his first USA Outdoor title in June when he barely held off former University of Texas star Leonel Manzano in an exciting Nike Men's 1,500m final. Lomong posted the second-fastest time by an American this outdoor season and a new personal best July 28 in finishing seventh at Monaco in 3:32.94.

Two-time NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champion Leonel Manzano finished as the runner-up behind Lomong at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene in 3:41.82. A 2008 Olympian, Manzano first competed at the World Outdoor Championships in 2007. 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Dorain Ulrey will round out the quartet after finishing third at Nationals in 3:42.84. Ulrey bettered the World Outdoor Championships "A" qualifying standard of 3:36.20 July 10 at the Golden Gala, in Rome, when he finished in a personal best 3:35.23.


Lagat became the first man ever to complete the 1,500m/5,000m double at a World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, when in the 5,000m final he won the race in 13:45.87.With his triumph, Lagat became the first American to win a World Championship medal of any kind at that distance. Lagat's time of 13:03.06 on May 30 at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City currently leads the U.S. list.

Joining Lagat in Berlin will be 2007 World Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher and 2008 Olympic Games finalist Matt Tegenkamp, who was first across the finish line in 13:20.57 in winning his first-ever USA Outdoor title in Eugene.

Two-time NCAA Outdoor 5,000m champion Chris Solinsky had his best ever finish at a USA Outdoor Championship in finishing second in 13:20.82, and will be making his first-ever trip to a World Outdoor Championships. 2008 USA Junior 1,500m champion Evan Jager posted a personal best at Nationals with his third place finish in 13:22.18, which punched his ticket for Berlin and his first World Championships.


2008 Olympian Nick Symmonds won the most dramatic race of last year's Olympic Trials and he continued his success at Eugene's historic Hayward Field at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships. Symmonds was named the Visa Athlete of the Meet following his exciting win in the Nike Men's 800 meters. Symmonds faced a strong challenge from 2004 Olympian Khadevis Robinson, but held on to cross the line first in 1:45.86 for his second consecutive U.S. Outdoor title. Symmonds currently leads the 2009 U.S. list from his personal best third-place finish July 28 in Monaco in 1:43.83.

A four-time USA Outdoor champion himself, Robinson finished as the runner-up to Symmonds in 1:45.97 to qualify for his sixth appearance at a World Outdoor Championships. The third-place finisher at the 2009 USA Indoor Championships in Boston, former University of Washington standout and 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion Ryan Brown finished third at the USA Outdoor Championships in 1:46.67. His performance earned him a Team USA roster spot for the World Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career. He set his personal best of 1:46.17 on June 6, 2009 in Eugene, Ore.


In his last ever race in a University of Oregon singlet, 2008 NCAA Cross Country champ and 2009 5,000m and 10,000m winner Galen Rupp captured his first USA 10,000m title when he crossed the finish line in 27:52.53, which is his seasonal best. Rupp will return to the World Outdoor Championships after finishing 11th at the Osaka Worlds in 2007. Last year Rupp finished 13th at the Olympic Games and ended the season ranked #2 in the U.S. by Track & Field News.

Two-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein punched his ticket for a second World Outdoor Championship with his runner-up finish in Eugene in 27:58.59. Ritzenhein finished ninth in the 10,000m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka and also placed ninth in the marathon at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

2008 Olympic Trials tenth place finisher and former University of Wisconsin standout Tim Nelson finished third at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in 28:01.34, and will compete at a World Championships for the first time. Nelson set a new personal best and the fastest time by an American this year from his win in 27:36.99 in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 2.

3,000m Steeplechase

2008 Olympian and 2007 Pan Am Games gold medalist Josh McAdams will lead Team USA's men's steeplechasers after winning his second national steeplechase title at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in 8 minutes, 29.91 seconds. McAdams, who posted his personal best of 8:21.36 in 2007, and won the U.S. steeple title that year, has a best time this season of 8:22.83.

Former Miami of Ohio standout Dan Huling will be making his first trip to the World Championships after finishing as the runner-up at the USA Outdoor Championships in 8:32.86. The fifth-place finisher at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Huling posted his personal best of 8:20.84 last year. He will be joined on the Team USA roster by another World Champs first-timer, Kyle Alcorn, who placed third at Nationals in 8:34.65. The 2008 NCAA steeple champ while at Arizona State, Alcorn, who placed 11th at the 2008 Olympic Trials, set his PR of 8:21.46 during that season.


2004 Olympian Dan Browne and Nate Jenkins qualified for the men's World Cup Marathon Team based on their respective performances at the Olympic Trials Marathon in New York in November, 2007. Browne finished sixth in 2:13:23 while Jenkins finished seventh in 2:14:56. Justin Young, was also selected for the team based on his 2:13:54 performance at the 2008 Rotterdam Marathon last April.

Edwardo Torres and Matt Gabrielson round out the Berlin team based on their respective first and second place finishes at the USA Marathon Championships in Minneapolis last October. Team USA's men's marathoners have finished fourth in the World Cup Marathon team competition at the last two World Outdoor Championships.

NBC, Versus to broadcast meet

The 2009 World Championships will be broadcast in the United States daily on NBC and Versus. The broadcast schedule is as follows. All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings.

August 15: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. NBC
August 16: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. NBC
August 17: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Versus
August 18: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Versus
August 19: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Versus
August 20: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Versus
August 21: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Versus
August 22: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. NBC
August 23: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. NBC

For more information on Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, visit:

About USA Track & Field
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