World indoor 3000m champion runs 3:48.46 at Millrose Games while Josh Kerr goes third on UK all-time list
Yomif Kejelcha missed the world indoor mile record by an agonising 0.01 as he clocked 3:48.46 at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.
The two-time world indoor 3000m champion’s attack on Hicham El Guerrouj’s record had been well publicised and he went through halfway in around 1:53 and 1500m in a world-leading 3:33.17 before so narrowly missing his target, crossing the finish line almost five seconds ahead of Edward Cheserek with 3:53.29, while Clayton Murphy was third in 3:53.30.
In fourth, Britain’s NCAA champion Josh Kerr ran a PB of 3:53.65 to move from fifth (with 3:54.72) to third on the UK indoor all-time list. His 1500m split was 3:38.75.
“I’m very happy but I came very close,” Ethiopia’s Kejelcha told reporters at The Armory. “I will try it again this year and I’m confident I can break it.”
“I’m very happy but I came very close. I will try it again this year and I’m confident I can break it,” says NYRR Wanamaker Mile winner Yomif Kejelcha in regards to missing the world indoor mile record by 0.01 seconds at the #NYRRMillroseGames pic.twitter.com/0RzskgNzWt
— NYRR Media Relations (@nyrrnews) February 9, 2019
It was an evening of fast races as Michael Saruni clocked 1:43.98 to go second on the world indoor 800m all-time list and Donavan Brazier broke the American record with 1:44.41 in second to move to fifth on the all-time rankings.
Another American record was broken in the women’s race as two-time world indoor silver medallist Ajeé Wilson ran 1:58.60.
Konstanze Klosterhalfen won the women’s mile in a 4:19.98 world-leading German record from Colleen Quigley with 4:22.86. The 21-year-old Klosterhalfen is now fifth on the world indoor mile all-time list.
The action had been suspended earlier on in the meeting after Jamaican record-holder Kemoy Campbell required treatment on the track as he collapsed when pacing the men’s 3000m, which was won by Grant Fisher in 7:42.62.
Campbell left the track on a stretcher and was taken to hospital, with many athletes and fans sending their well-wishes on social media.
Alicia Monson won the women’s 3000m in 8:45.97 as Jessica O’Connell broke the Canadian record with 8:46.50 in third, while the 60m titles were claimed by English Gardner (7.10) and John Teeters (6.56).
Sharika Nelvis (8.01) and Devon Allen (7.61) won the 60m hurdles races.
Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser was also among those to impress as he threw a world-leading and meeting record indoor PB of 22.33m to move to fourth on the world indoor all-time list.
Full results can be found here.