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DAVID EPSTEIN
February 06, 2012
A STRONG START
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February 06, 2012

Fast Track

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A STRONG START

A raft of podium contenders tested their early-season mettle at last Saturday's U.S. Open meet, which commenced a season that will climax next July and August at the London Olympics. Here's the long and short of everything we learned from the event: Bernard Lagat, the 37-year-old Kenyan-American dean of the middle distances, lost a sprint finish in the mile to 22-year-old Kenyan track neophyte Silas Kiplagat (4:00.65) but seemed hardly winded at the end of the race. That fact bodes well for his new focus on the 5,000 meters.... Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, the pre--Usain Bolt 100-meter world-record holder with a reputation for stiffening up against top competition, calmly won the 50 meters in a scorching 5.64.

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