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.
💥 5KM IN 12:50 FOR KEJELCHA 🏁
Unimaginable situation! Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha (🇪🇹) misses the world report within the 5 kilometer race by one second 😤 Stratospheric common of two:34/km! This was simply now on the ultra-fast course in Lille, France. pic.twitter.com/LHw8plh1H7
— RUN’IX (@RUN_IX) March 19, 2023
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.
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.