Kenya-born Lagat wins in Doha Champs

DOHA - Russia's pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva suffered more championship disappointment when she failed to clear 4,75 metres at the world indoor championship yesterday.

Isinbayeva cleared 4,60 metres at the first attempt before missing out three times at her next height.

Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat won his second 3000 metres title six years after the first with a stirring last lap.

Lagat, 35, surged past defending champion Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia with more than a lap to go and handily won in seven minutes 37,97 seconds. Spain's Sergio Sanchez took second in 7:39,55 with Kenyan Sammy Mutahi third.

Bekele, the brother of Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele, faded to fourth. - Reuters