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Riccardo De Luca, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, Bernard Lagat, of the United States, center, runs to win the men's 3000 meters at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy. At age 37, Bernard Lagat isn't even thinking about retirement. After just missing a gold medal in the 5,000 meters at last summer's world championships, the American plans to keep competing for titles until at least next year's worlds.

NEW YORK — Bernard Lagat plans to compete through at least the 2013 world championships.

The 37-year-old American distance runner narrowly missed a gold medal in the 5,000 meters at last summer's worlds. He won his first of two Olympic medals in 2000, a dozen years before the London Games he fully plans to participate in.

He may have slowed down in the 1,500, the event in which he first won major medals, but believes he's still improving in the race that's now his focus: the 5,000.

On Saturday, Lagat will return to his mile roots, racing in a venue where he's dominated at the distance.

At the U.S. Open in Madison Square Garden, he'll take on a field that includes Kenya's Silas Kiplagat, the silver medalist in the 1,500 at worlds.