LONDON, England -- The U.S. men continue to show a historic level of talent and depth in the distance events on Wednesday at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
For the first time since 1932, the U.S. will have three men running in the final of the 5,000 meters after all three American men advanced through the qualifying round with ease.
In the second of two heats, Galen Rupp of Portland shared the lead with Craig Mottram of Australia for the first half of the race. Bernard Lagat ran near the back of the lead pack for the majority of the race, but once the kick for the line began, he moved up into 4th to finish in 13:15.45 to advance automatically. Rupp finished 6th in 13:17.56 and easily advanced as the fastest qualifier on time
Running in the first heat, Lopez Lomong who lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and carried the Olympic flag for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics, stuck with large lead pack of 12 men and was ready to respond when the gears changed on the last lap to take 4th in 13:26.16 to advance automatically.