Bernard Lagat continues to defy age and make history. Lagat won the 5,000 meters on Sunday to clinch a berth in the Rio Olympics. The 41-year-old will run in his FIFTH Olympics. That is assuming he isn't banned for testing positive for being a robot before then.
Lagat has two Olympic medals on his resume already, winning bronze in 2000 and silver in 2004. He will now run for another medal, 16 years since winning his first. Even without a medal, Lagat will become the oldest American to ever run in the Olympics. Although don't tell him that.
"I don't believe I'm old," Lagat said, via Yahoo. "Because if you believe you're old, I'm gonna run like an old man."
Lagat will join a couple other former Cougar athletes in Rio. Klay Thompson is on the path to winning a gold medal, playing for the U.S. men's basketball team. Aron Baynes and Brock Motum will also be playing in the Olympics for Australia.
Jeshua Anderson will not be joining the others in Rio. He finished sixth in the men's 400-meter hurdles, but was disqualified after the race for stepping out of his lane.
Even still, the Cougars will be well represented.
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