Bekele has had great success in Brimingham, having set the world 2000m and 5000m indoor records there. However, the 3000m record of 7:24.90 set by Daniel Komen of Kenya will be a steep task, even for Bekele. With a personal best of 7:30.51, Bekele ranks third all-time indoors, however the six second difference is significant, especially on an indoor track.
Burka is aiming for her first indoor world record in Birmingham. Her attempt at the one-mile record will be a tall order for the young Ethiopian, as Romania’s Doina Melinte has held the record of 4:17.14 for 20 years. In contrast, Dibaba and Cheruiyot will chase the barely one year old two-mile record set by Meseret Defar of Ethiopia. Defar ran 9:06.26 last year to set the current record.
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