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Lagat to Represent US in 1500, 5000 Meters Olympic Events


Kenyan-born world champion Bernard Lagat has captured two events at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, and will go for Beijing gold in the men's 1500 and 5000 meters.

Lagat, who was the only person to win two events at the two-week trials, will be joined in the 1500 by Mexican-born Leonel Manzano and Sudanese-born Lopez Lomong.

Allyson Felix, who missed the chance to compete for two golds in Beijing when she failed to qualify in the 100-meters, cruised to victory in Sunday's 200-meters (21.82) to punch her Olympic ticket.

Jenn Stuczynski set a U.S. pole vault record of 4.92 meters to qualify on her third and final jump, while Walter Dix won the men's 200-meters (19.86). Shawn Crawford and Wallace Spearmon also qualified for the event.

Muna Lee qualified for Beijing in the women's 100 and 200-meters, while Torri Edwards will compete in the 100-meters and Marshevet Hooker qualified for the 200-meters.

David Oliver won the men's 110-meter hurdles (12.95), while Lolo Jones breezed to victory in the women's 100-meter hurdles (12.29).

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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