Kenya's Kurgat settles for second place at Los Angeles Grand Prix

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ATHLETICS Kenya's Kurgat settles for second place at Los Angeles Grand Prix

Joel Omotto 20:15 - 27.05.2023

The youngster had to contend with the runners up position in the dramatic men's 5,000m race won by home favourite Nur.

Kenya’s Edwin Kurgat was forced to settle for second place in an intense 5,000m race at the Los Angeles Grand Prix on Saturday.

In the dramatic race won by American Abdihamid Nur, Kurgat clocked a personal best of 13:08.46 for second place ahead of another American Morgan Beadlescomb who was third in 13:08.82.

After a dramatic tumble on the first lap, Nur unearthed a jaw-dropping recovery — he set a Drake Stadium record and shot under the qualifying standard for the World Athletics Championships Budapest of 13:07.00 with a 13:05.17 personal best.

The field maintained a determined pace from the gun, and 13 of the 24 finishing athletes set personal bests.

Nur said he was bumped on the back, which threw him off his rhythm and caused the fall. “I just stayed calm, respected the competition, and let it come to me,” said Nur, as quoted by World Athletics.

“I went out for two-and-a-half laps because that’s where I feel confident. And when I knew to strike.”

US-based Kurgat has been making steady progress in his young athletics career having won a number of junior titles in 5,000 as well as Cross-country.

The LA Grand Prix continues on Sunday with Kenya’s 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot set to be the star attraction in the men’s 1,500m.

However, he will have to contend with competition from the medal-laden Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 Olympic champion, who is returning to competition after an injury sidelined him for all of the 2022 season.

Other standout names in the 1,500m race include Kenya’s Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot, the world U20 champion, and US champion Cooper Teare.