Best world record: Moses Kip­tanui – Zurich 1995

Athletics Weekly - - Statistics -

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

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