Saturday, January 31, 2009

bernard lagat and kara goucher repeat wins at millrose games

bernard lagat tied eamonn coughlan's record at madison square garden when he won the wannamaker mile for the seventh time last night, in 3:58:44, to wrap-up the 102nd edition of the millrose games! none other than eamonn couglan himself was there to cheer him on!

"It's unbelievable, because normally you don't want someone to take your record," Lagat said. "But he wanted me to win today. That means a lot."

coughlin travelled from his home in ireland to watch lagat run the race the tied his record.

earlier that night, kara goucher, fresh from a third place finish at her debut marathon in the nyc last november, defended her title and won the nyrr womens mile in 4:33:19 for the second year in a row. if it wasn't dramatic enough that she dropped the distance from a road marathon down to a track mile, goucher will now ramp up the distance again and run the boston marathon this april!

also, check out the great post by pigtails flying on the pre-millrose meet-up with goucher and lagat at the ny running company!


Anonymous said...

I wonder if Coughlin's book "Chairman of the Boards" was ever published?


Anonymous said...

The crowd was pretty stoked when Dan O'Brien introduced Eamon during the Games. Everyone there understood what could happen next, and honored Eamon.