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Bernard Lagat emotional after missing first Worlds team since 2005

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Bernard Lagat has failed to qualify for a World Championships for the first time since he began representing the U.S. after his switch from Kenya a decade ago.

“It is really, really strange. We had my kids there,” Lagat told media after finishing 10th in the 5000m at the U.S. Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday, before pausing as his voice started cracking. “They came to see me. … I wanted to win it for them. I saw them there, gave me a hug. I was going to do it for them.”

Lagat, 40 and a four-time Olympian, is the only American to win a World Championships 5000m medal, taking gold in 2007 and silver in 2009 and 2011.

Ryan Hill won the U.S. 5000m title in 13:50.69 (race video here), followed by Ben True and Galen Rupp, a duo who also made the U.S. team in the 10,000m on Thursday night. Rupp, the Olympic 10,000m silver medalist, held off Garrett Heath by .07 to earn the final automatic World Championships berth in the 5000m. True still must run the IAAF standard of 13:23 by Aug. 9 to race the Worlds 5000m.

Earlier in the women’s 5000m, Nicole Tully won by .01 to lead three first-time World Championships qualifiers.

Tully emerged from a pack of four in the final straightaway and edged Marielle Hall by .01 in 15:06.44 (race video here). Abbey D’Agostino was third in 15:06.59 to round out the World Championships teams.

Emily Infeld and Shalane Flanagan, who made the Worlds team in the 10,000m on Thursday, were fourth and fifth behind Tully, Hall and D’Agostino.

The women’s race was missing the top two from the 2014 U.S. Championships. Molly Huddle withdrew after she won the 10,000m on Thursday night. Shannon Rowbury opted not to race to focus on the 1500m later Sunday.

A U.S. woman has never won an Olympic or World Championships 5000m medal.

The U.S. Championships conclude later Sunday on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra from 4-6 p.m. ET.

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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

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It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

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