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Will Bernard Lagat Live Forever?

February 18, 2013

By Nicholas Thompson, The New Yorker

Most athletes peak at about the age of twenty-six or twenty-seven. For tennis players, it’s a bit younger; for golfers, a bit older. Most everyone starts to fade by about thirty. There are, however, a few freaks. One of them pitches relief for the Yankees. Another of them won the 2 Mile at the Millrose Games, at the Armory, on Saturday night.

The runner is named Bernard Lagat, and he’s thirty-eight. He completed 2 Miles, indoors, in 8 minutes and nine-and-a-half seconds. That’s the fastest an American has ever run, and Lagat now holds national records in the 1500 meters, the Mile, the 3000 meters, the 2 Mile and the 5000 meters.

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