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.