BIRMINGHAM: Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1,500 metres record in Birmingham on Saturday. Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18. Kejelcha, the 21-year-old two-time world indoor 3,000m champion, had come within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record last week in New York. “I’m delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling.”El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.
Source: Ethiopian News February 18, 2019 05:26 UTC