Ethiopian long-distance runner Samuel Tefera has broken Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old world record for the indoor 1500m.

BIRMINGHAM (SBS)―Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera has outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1500m record in Birmingham.

Samuel Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting on Saturday (16th February) to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18.

It came on the same Birmingham track where Samuel had won the world title last year.

Samuel Tefera kicked past Yomif Kejelcha after the bell for the final lap and charged to the finish line.

Yomif finished second in a personal best of 3:31.58.

Yomif, the 21-year-old two-time world indoor 3000m champion, had come within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record last week in New York.

He had announced before Saturday’s race he would be going for the 1500m record.

Scotland’s Laura Muir became the third-fastest indoor miler of all-time at the same meeting when she broke the British record. The European champion clocked 4:18.75.

The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.

Source: SBS
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