Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi set the 5th fastest 3000m time in history at the 37th edition of the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which is the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings, which was held on Friday, January 28 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Just a few weeks after his world record for the 5km on the road, Aregawi had replaced his tall compatriot Haile Gebrselassie as the meeting record holder.
The 20 year-old beat a strong field that included 2017 European Indoor champion Adel Mechaal and Jacob Krop from Kenya.
Aregawi took on the two with a mission as he trounced them when he cut the tape in a new personal best of 7:26.20 with Mechaal coming home in second in 7:36.57. Krop closed the first three podium finishes in 7:38.15.
Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion
Aregawi finished fourth in the 10000m at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the Wanda Diamond League final in the 5000 meters in Zurich last year.
- Berihu Aregawi (ETH) 7:38.15
- Adel Mechaal (SPN) 7:26.20
- Jacob Krop (KEN) 7:36.57