Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma breaks the world indoor 3000m record with a stunning 7:23.81 run at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold event.
Lamecha had to fight off a prolongsed challenge from Spainish athlete Mohamed Katir to win the race.
Both athletes dipped under the previous world record of 7:24.90 set by Kenya’s Daniel Komen in 1998, Katir finishing second on 7:24.68.
It was fourth time lucky in Lievin for Girma, who had contested the 3000m at this meeting for the past three years, according to the World Athletics.
In 2020, he missed out on a top-three finish. In 2021 he ran 7:27.98, one of the fastest times in history, but finished behind compatriots Getnet Wale.
Lemecha again won a silver medal in the 3000m in Belgrade last year finishing behind Selemon Barega.
This time, though, the world indoor silver medallist was the man of the moment, breaking the previous 25-year-old world record.
“I am so happy with this result,” he said. “I was talking about this world record attempt for the past three days.”
“My brother is my coach. He told me I had it in me and of course I believed him,” Lamecha said. “I felt really good in training and it was my best form ever, plus the crowd was very supportive today.
“I have raced here several times in this meeting. The atmosphere and the crowd never disappoint. I hope the record stays for a long time,” he added.
Lamecha’s recent successes involves a silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase.
Featured Image: Lamecha Girma breaks the world indoor 3000m record in Lievin (Photo © Dan Vernon Via WA)