Ethiopia’s Tefera breaks world indoor 1,500m record

Athletics – IAAF World Indoor Tour – Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix – Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain – February 16, 2019 Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera celebrates after winning the men’s 1500 metres and setting a new world indoor record Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs.

(Reuters) — Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera broke the long-standing world indoor 1,500 metres record when he clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham, England on Saturday.

BIRMINGHAM, England: 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.

It came on the same Birmingham track where Tefera had won the world title last year.

Tefera kicked past Kejelcha after the bell for the final lap and charged to the finish line.

Kejelcha finished second in a personal best of 3:31.58.

Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera (L) competes to break the indoor world record and win the men’s 1500m final ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha at the Indoor athletics Grand Prix at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham on February 16, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

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. He had announced before Saturday’s race he would be going for the 1,500m record.

Scotland’s Laura Muir became the third-fastest indoor miler of all-time at the same meeting when she broke the British record. The European champion clocked 4:18.75.

The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Toby Davis)

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