Ethiopia’s trio of Getnet Wale, Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma failed to live to the expectation of lowering the world 3000m record at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.
Wale was billed as the most favorite to chase the record after running the second-fastest indoor run in history of 7:24.98 which was just 0.08 shy of Daniel Komen’s long-standing world indoor record of 24 years. The record seems to be a tall ordre and remains standing.
World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Lemecha Girma was the star of the day as he led an Ethiopian 1-2-3 podium finish as he beat the reigning Olympic 10000m champion Barega.
The 21 year-old was too swift as he held Barega and the 2016 World U20 bronze medallist, Getnet Wale. He pulled away from them with a fire kick crossing the finish line 7:30.54 with Barega coming in second in 7:30.66. Wale closed the podium three finishes when he clocked 7:36.62.
Another Ethiopian Birhanu Balew finished fourth with a personal best of 7:31.77. Andreas Almgren improved the Swedish indoor record to 7:34.31 beating Jacob Krop from Kenya to fifth in 7:34.67 and Mohamed Katir from Spain finished in sixth in 7:36.62.