Olympic 10000m champion Selemon Barega, World and Olympics 3000m silver medallist Lemecha Girma and African Championships bronze medallist, Getnet Wale, have for the second time failed dismally to touch the World 3000m Indoor record of 7:24.90 that was set by Daniel Komen 20 years ago.
Wale, Barega and Girma respectively moved to second, third and sixth on the world indoor all-time list last year thanks to their performances. Among these top three athletes in world over the distance, Wale is the only one who missed Komen’s record by just 0.08 setting the second-fastest time in history with a time of 7:24.98 in Liévin last year.
In their first attempt Girma was the star of the day as he led an Ethiopian 1-2-3 podium finish beating the reigning Olympic 10000m champion Barega and Wale to second and third respectively.
In their second attempt Wale thrashed the two in Torun with a time of 7:31.09 with Barega holding same position of second in 7:31.39
The three Ethiopians target was to chase the time in the two different races (Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais and Torun) but it dawned to them that the record was way beyond their imaginations as on both occasions they have failed dismally and so they settled to compete amongst themselves for the podium.
Kenya’s Jacob Krop moved from his disappointing fifth place to take bronze in a lifetime best of 7:3190 beating Wale to fourth in 7:32.50.