World silver medallist, Jacob Krop produced the sixth fastest time at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.
The 21 year-old young star who came to this race with a personal best of 12:46.79 that he got this year at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Italy where he finished in second position, held off strong deep field that included the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia, World 10,000m bronze medallist Stanley Mburu and South Sudan’s Dominic Lokinyomo Lobalu who had the second fastest time on paper this year of 7:29.48.
Kejelcha took the charge of the lead group, passing through the 3000m in 7:41.74 but Krop surged ahead of him with 300m remaining while maintaining the pace as the field began to drop allowing to forge ahead with Grant Fisher sticking with him but he could not hold the fast pace of the Kenyan who crossed the finish line a new personal best of 12:45.71which made him the second fastest Kenyan in history.
Canadian-born American, Fisher who holds the American outdoor record in the 10,000m and the Indoor record in the 5000m of 26:33.84 and 12:53.73 respectively, made a huge statement when he broke the North American record and moving to twelfth on the world all-time list.
Commonwealth silver medallist Nicholas Kipkorir was forced to settle in third place in a time of12:46.96 with Lobalu setting a South Sudanese record of 12:52.15.
Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist Daniel Ebenyo found the going too tough for him as he came home in fifth place with a personal best of 12:54.90.
Mburu finished in fourteenth place in 13:24.43 with Kejelcha failing to finish the race.