Athlete Quotes - Men's 5000m Final
Bernard Lagat, Olympic Qualifier, Winner
"You know I am feeling good right now. There is no pressure right now and I am going to go rest up and train again."
"I am glad that we have two rest days because there is one down. I start the 1,500 on Tuesday and then we will see on Sunday."
"Being on the inside, sometimes you can get tripped and I don't want that to happen, so that's why I stayed towards the outside."
"I have been training for this meet for so long, the Eugene '08 Olympic Trials. I have been looking forward to it and it is very exciting for me."
"The atmosphere was amazing. The fans here are incredible. You could hear them as you crossed the finish line, and we just had so much support tonight. After the 800, the crowd was already excited and the energy was so good that I knew we would keep that excitement up for our race."
"The Olympics are the biggest meet. Everyone dreams about going to the Olympics, and to be here on Team USA is unbelievable. I'm going to take the same hunger I had in 2004 and try and bring home the gold."
Matt Tegenkamp, Men's 5,000 Meters, Second Place
"The bumping during the race didn't bother me. It made me stumble a little, but I got my feet back under me. It happens and it's something you have to deal with. It was the swift kick I needed to get me going. It's something that's happened to me before, so it wasn't a big surprise."
"Fifteen minutes into warm-ups, I thought I had butterflies, but 30 minutes before the race I came inside and relaxed. In the race my right side kept tightening up. I had to dig deep with everything I had to finish in the top three."
"I just kept telling myself to do what has worked best for me the last two years. The last 1,000 meters I ran my style of race and it worked out well. That's really when the race started for me."
"Chris (Solinsky) and I talked before the race about what we wanted to happen. We had to run the race as individuals because our plan didn't work out. I tried to hang on to the lead pack, because I didn't want to get left behind. It was the toughest race I've ever run."
Ian Dobson, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"I have a lot of confidence and have had great coaches all along. I keep working on it and it all adds up. The hard ones are not always glamorous, but I like the process."
"I always thought I would be good. I don't mean that to sound conceited, but I do this because I think I'm good at it and I like it."
"I want to keep doing better, but I'm happy with tonight."
"I'm really happy. This is just overwhelming. I have such a great coach who has invested a lot in me and it feels so good to make him proud."
"I wasn't going to run 13:21, so I had to stop. It just wasn't going to happen and now I'm going to go for it in the 10K. There's no reason to run and finish in the top three if I run 13:25 or 13:24. I could have finished in the top three, but the math wasn't working out. I despise doing what I just did."