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Ethiopian runner misses 5K world report by 1 second

Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha ran an unbelievable 12:50 5K in Lille, France, on Sunday, ending one second off the world report. Going into the race, Kejelcha owned the third-fastest 5K time in historical past with a 12:53 PB, and by the point he broke the tape in Lille, he had climbed to the second-fastest of all time. He now sits behind solely his fellow Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi, whose 12:49 PB has been the world report since Dec. 2021. 

Kejelcha is a two-time world indoor champion within the 3,000m, and in 2019 he set the indoor mile world report with an incredible 3:47.01 run in Boston. Later that very same yr on the Doha world championships, he gained a silver medal within the 10,000m. Kejelcha has confirmed on many events that he has what it takes to take care of the world’s finest (and historical past’s finest), and Sunday’s run in Lille was simply one other instance of his potential. 


He began the race with a bunch of 9 different runners and caught with them for the primary couple of kilometres. They handed by way of the primary kilometre in a blazing 2:32, at which level they accelerated and charged to a 2K break up of slightly below 5 minutes. It was at this level that Kejelcha made the choice to drop his fellow leaders and energy forward for a shot on the world report. 


He handed by way of 3K in 7:40, seven seconds forward of the next-closest runners, and by 4K, the clock learn 10:16. That gave Kejelcha simply over two and a half minutes to make it to the road if he needed to beat Aregawi’s world report. Regardless of a formidable effort in that closing kilometre, Kejelcha fell simply wanting the 5K finest as soon as once more, stopping the clock for an agonizingly shut 12:50 outcome. Kejelcha’s run coincidentally comes only a week after Aregawi had an identical lead to a 10K race in Spain, the place he missed the world report by 9 seconds. 


Kenya’s Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot completed in second place in a PB of 13:04 and Kejelcha’s compatriot Telahun Haile Bekele rounded out the rostrum in third with a ultimate time of 13:07. 


Full outcomes from Lille may be discovered right here



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