Ethiopian Ke­jelcha misses in­door mile record by whisker

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NEWYORK: Ethiopia’s Yomif Ke­jelcha, twice a world in­door 3,000m cham­pion, missed the world in­door mile record by one-hun­dredth of a se­cond on Sat­ur­day in a dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory at the Mill­rose Games.

The 21-year-old dis­tance star cap­tured the fea­ture event in the 112th edi­tion of the US in­door clas­sic in 3mins 48.46secs, with Kenya’s Ed­ward Ch­e­serek a dis­tant se­cond in 3:53.29.

But Ke­jelcha fell ag­o­niz­ingly short of his tar­get, the mile in­door world record of 3:48.45 set by Morocco’s Hicham El Guer­rouj on Fe­bru­ary 12, 1997 at the Flan­ders in­door meet in Ghent, Bel­gium. Ke­jelcha was not the only African run­ner to set­tle for the se­cond-fastest time in his­tory at the meet. Kenya’s Michael Saruni ran the se­cond-fastest in­door 800 me­ters in his­tory, win­ning in 1:43.98.

Saruni’s ef­fort was se­cond only to the in­door world-record time of 1:42.67 set by Den­mark’s Wil­son Kip­keter in Paris at the 1997 World In­door Cham­pi­onships.

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