Another record held by former professional runner Hicham El Guerrouj has been broken by an Ethiopian runner.
Rabat – Ethiopian runner Yomif Kejelcha has broken Moroccan runner Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 world record for the indoor mile at Boston University’s super fast track on Monday.
The 21-year-old Ethiopian completed the race in 3:47:01, outperforming El Guerrouj’s 3:48:45 record set in Ghent, Belgium.
Kejelcha had previously said that he was determined to break both the 1,500-meter record held by fellow Ethiopian Samuel Tefera and the mile world record.
The runner missed the 1,500-meter record (3:31:04) by finishing it at 3:31:25.
El Guerrouj still holds three world records, the 2,000-meter set in Berlin in 1999, the outdoor 1,500-meter record of 3:26:00 set in 1998 in Rome, and the mile outdoor of 3:43:13 set in 1999 also in Rome.
Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera broke Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1,500-meter indoor world record with an outstanding performance in Birmingham on February 16.