Three World Record Attempts Planned For Aviva Grand Prix

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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