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The 5,000 meters Olympic Trial final is Thursday night at 7:15 for the women and 7:38 for the men. Local coverage is on NBC Sports Network at 9 pm.

Most of us know how long it takes us to run three miles. American Record holder, Bernard Lagat can run it about twice as fast we can. His record is 12:53.

Lagat is the preeminent American runner in the 1,500 and 5,000. He holds 11 American records and in 2007 was the first American to win the 1,500 at the world championships. Does it matter that he’s a naturalized American citizen of Kenyan birth? Lagat is an inspirational superstar with a welcoming and positive disposition. Many credit him with revitalizing the middle distances (1,500 and 5,000 meters) for all American runners.

Also among tonight’s favorites for the men is Lopez Lomong. Lomong was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and was adopted in 2001 by an American family from up-state New York. His story as a refugee of the civil war in The Sudan was so inspirational that his fellow athletes voted him the flag bearer at the 2008 games in Beijing.

The third headliner tonight is Oregon’s Galen Rupp. Rupp has the fastest American time this year at 12:58. Lagat and Lomong have the second and third fastest American times this year. Rupp will be running in front of a home crowd at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.


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