Ethiopia’s trio of Getnet Wale, Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma will be after the world 3000m record as they line up at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.
Wale came out on top at the 2020 edition when he won the race with the second-fastest indoor run in history of 7:24.98 and just 0.08 shy of Daniel Komen’s long-standing world indoor record of 24 years.
Barega who is the World indoor silver medallist moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, where he clocked 7:26.10 finishing second behind Wale
The 21 years-old went on to win the Olympic 10,000m title while Girma won the silver in the 3000m steeplechase in Tokyo.
Six men had bettered 7:30 for 3000m indoors. Now the figure stands at 10, with the fourth-place finisher in last year’s edition, Berihu Aregawi, also dipping under the mark with 7:29.24.
Spanish multiple record holder in 1500m (3:28.76), 3000m (7:27.64) and 5000m (12:50.79) will also be on the start list and he will be targeting to break the European record of 7:30.82 set last week by compatriot Adel Mechaal.
Kenyan duo Nicholas Kimeli, Jacob Krop and Ethiopia’s Nibret Melak, Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew will also be on the start list.
Pace makers have been asked to cover the first 1000m in 2:28.5 before reaching 2000m in 4:57, with the expected finish time close to 7:25.