Several Northwest Runners Advance To Finals In Men’s 5000 Meter

Jun 26, 2012

At the Olympic trials Monday, several Oregon runners - including Galen Rupp of Portland - advanced to the finals in the men’s 5,000 meter race. As KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports, a former lost boy of Sudan and two Kenyan brothers also have the chance to represent the U.S. in London.

Lopez Lomong of Sudan was 6-years-old when he was taken from his family and held captive by a rebel army. They wanted to train him to be a child soldier. He and some friends managed to escape, running for three days until reaching Kenya. There he stayed at a refugee camp for ten years, before coming to the U.S and becoming a citizen.

Lomong: “I was running away from the people who want to hurt me. I was running away from the people who want to shoot me and train me to be a child soldier. But now I am doing this because I know God is there looking after me.”

If Lomong makes the top three in the men’s 5,000 meter race, this would be his second time at the Olympics. Also moving into the finals are Kenyan brothers Robert Cheseret and Bernard Lagat, a world and Olympic champion, graduate of Washington State University and a proud big brother.

Lagat: “Honestly I was not even concentrating probably before my race. At 200 meters to go, he was number three and I’m like come on, go Robert! I’m so happy for Robert man. I’ll be running with my brother in the finals!”

The men’s 5,000 final is the last event at Hayward Field Thursday night.

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