Bekele will look to take one of the few records he doesn’t own.
Written by: Sean McKeon
The Aviva Grand Prix, taking place this Sunday in Brimingham, GBR, will feature three separate world record attempts in the distance events. Kenenisa Bekele will look to set his third world record at the venue, this time aiming for the 3000m record. On the women’s side Gelete Burka of Ethiopia is eyeing the women’s one-mile record while fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot are aiming at the seldom contested two-mile record.
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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