World indoor champion runs 3:47.01 to improve Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark from 1997
Just two weeks after his 1500m mark was broken, another of Hicham El Guerrouj’s world indoor records fell as Yomif Kejelcha stormed to a 3:47.01 mile in Boston.
The Ethiopian had first come close to the Moroccan’s world indoor mile record at the Millrose Games, as he ran 3:48.46 to miss it by just 0.01, and he was then in the race in Birmingham where El Guerrouj’s world indoor 1500m record was broken, but by his compatriot Samuel Tefera with a time of 3:31.04 ahead of Kejelcha’s 3:31.58.
In Boston the two-time world indoor 3000m champion’s aim had been to break both the mile and 1500m world record marks in the same race. The Alberto Salazar-coached runner just missed the latter but his split time of 3:31.25 puts him third on the world indoor all-time list behind Tefera and El Guerrouj.
A lot goes into a 3:47 mile.
Kejelcha and his team of rabbits (Harun Abda, Christian Harrison, Erik Sowinski) plus NOP coaches Tim Rowberry and Alberto Salazar. pic.twitter.com/XaBOLwy1hg
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Running behind three pacemakers, Kejelcha passed 809m in 1:52. He went on to hit the bell with 3:18.54 on the clock and ran a 28.47 last lap to eventually take 1.44 seconds off the previous world indoor record set by El Guerrouj in 1997.
Johnny Gregorek finished second in 3:49.98 to put himself second on the American indoor all-time list.