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With two laps to go, Lomong accelerated and broke away from the pack of runners. He easily outpaced them, and with one lap to go, slowed down to celebrate. The crowd at Stanford and track officials waved frantically for Lomong to keep going. He took off, and still easily won the race with a time of 13:11.63, plus earned the Olympic A standard qualifying time.
"When somebody said you got one more lap to go, I was like, huh?" Lomong told Race Results Weekly.
It happens, Lopez. Much better that this happens before the Olympics, right?
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