The reigning Africa junior 5,000m silver medalist Jacob Krop, made sure that he leaves an indelible mark at the World stage as he banged a silver medal at the just concluded World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
The 21 year-old came home second in 13:09.98 behind the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen who gifted his country their first ever gold medal in the 5,000m race in a time of 13:09.24.
Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo won bronze, which is the countries second medal in the event, after a bronze medal by Moses Kipsiro in 2007.
Guatemalan Luis Grijalva finished in fourth place which is the best finish in the event by a Guatemalan runner, and he was aslo the first from his nation to make the final in this event. It is also the best finish by a Guatemalan athlete in any event in the World Championships, bettering the 6th-place finish of Erick Barrondo in the 20 km race walk in 2011.
European 5000m silver medallist and European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal took the European indoor 3000m record apart at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that was held on Sunday (6) night at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island, in New York.
Mechaal shattered the old European indoor record of 7:32.41 that was set in 2010 by Sergio Sánchez from Spain, setting a new European Record of 7:30.82.
The 31-year-old hit the front a third of the way through and such was his dominance there was never much doubt the rest of the field could catch him.
“I was sure I could do 7:33. I will chase the Spanish Indoor record in Birmingham, and I plan the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade. With someone pushing the last few laps, I could have run 7:29, but not better than that today”, said Mechaal.
Two time Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart from Britain, came home in second in a personal best of 7:37.42, sharing the same time as Luis Grijalva from Guatemala, who improved his national record.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jake Wightman, who was the race favorite, crossed the line in fourth place in 7:37.81 which is his lifetime best.
- Adel Mechaal (SPN) 7:30.82
- Andrew Butchart (BRT) 7:37.42
- Luis Grijalva (GTL) 7:37.42