Bernard Lagat Believes the American Record Could Be Broken in the Men's 5,000-Meters in Zurich

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For Bernard Lagat, the men's 5,000-meters in Zurich could present exactly the moment that he's been waiting for, he said.

On Aug. 30, Lagat is scheduled to compete in a Diamond League race that will include the seven-fastest 5,000-meter runners in the world this year. In fact, five of the top seven finishers at the Olympic Games are scheduled to compete in the race.

Lagat will be joined on Aug. 30 by American Olympians Galen Rupp and Lopez Lomong, and Lagat believes there is a good chance that the American record could be broken in the event.

The American record of 12:53.60 is held by Lagat, who ran the time on July 22, 2011 in Monaco.

"At the end of the day, there will be one American who is going to maybe actually break the record," Lagat told "I think that record is in danger because they're planning this race to be one of the fastest and that record could go."

He added: "It could be anybody. It could go to Galen or Lopez or I can take my record back. I want to protect this record as much as possible by actually winning (the race). This is going to be one of the most important and fun races to run in."

Olympic silver medalist and world leader Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia is expected to run the race, as is Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya. Mo Farah, the Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain, has opted to sit the race out, as his wife just gave birth to twin girls on Aug. 24.

The world record is 12:37.35, set by Kenenisa Bekele of Ethopia in 2004. Gebremeskel arrives in Zurich with a 2012 world-leading time of 12:46.81, which he ran in Paris in June.

The race, which is scheduled to be run at 2 p.m. eastern time on Aug. 30, will be webcast on

Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

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