SOPOT, Poland--Washington State University track & field hall of famer Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) finished second in the finals of the men's 3000 meter run Sunday, as his attempt to win a fourth world title just fell short at Ergo Arena.
A relatively slow first kilometer of 2:48.83 saw the group of twelve athletes bunched, with Lagat positioning in the middle of the pack, making sure that he had enough space to cover any moves.
A second kilometer of 2:43.53 did little to shake the order, as New Zealand's Zane Robertson went to the front to try and keep the pace honest.
With all the major players towards the front in the last five laps, eventual winner Caleb Ndiku of Kenya got himself to the front of the pack with Lagat, the defending champion, positioned just to the outside.
When the real racing began, Lagat, just as he was at the world outdoor championships in Moscow last summer, was positioned perfectly, but as they entered the home straight for the last 50 meters, the 39 year old just could not find that final gear needed to overtake Ndiku.
Ndiku stopped the watches in 7:54.94, with Lagat second in 7:55.22, and Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel third in 7:55.39.
Oregon alum Galen Rupp, who was among those contending, finished fourth in 7:55.84.
Results from the final day of competition at the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships are available here.
NOTE: USA Track & Field and the IAAF contributed to this report.