Best world record: Moses Kiptanui – Zurich 1995
WHILE Saif Saaeed Shaheen has held the world record for over 14 years, it has been missed by just a hundredth of a second by Brimin Kipruto, whereas Brahim Boulami ran a 7:53.17 in 2002 which was thrown out because of his EPO reading. The most significant world record came in 1995.
Moses Kiptanui was already world record-holder with an 8:02.08 three years earlier and a few days earlier he won his third successive world title. In Zurich, he refused pacemakers and made his own running. The opening kilometres of 2:41.3 and 2:40.9 were down on his previous splits and outside eight-minute pace but he blasted a 2:37 final kilometre to break the barrier with 82 hundredths of a second to spare. Kiptanui also ran in the next two world record races in 1997 and looked to be on his way to a record in Cologne but he was passed in the straight as his 7:56.16 was bettered by Barmasai’s 58.4 final circuit.
Result: 1 Moses Kiptanui (KEN) 7:59.18; 2 Gideon Chirchir (KEN) 8:06.77; 3 Christopher Koskei (KEN) 8:06.95; 4 Eliud Barngetuny (KEN) 8:07.27; 5 Patrick Sang (KEN) 8:08.69; 6 Sa’ad Al-Asmari (SAU) 8:09.67; 7 Richard Kosgei (KEN) 8:13.39; 8 Angelo Carosi (ITA) 8:14.38; 9 Stefan Brand (GER) 8:16.84; 10 Matthew Birir (KEN) 8:18.15
Moses Kiptanui: refused help from pacemakers before clocking 7:59.18