Yomif Kejelcha Runs 3:48.46 Mile, Misses World Record By .01

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21-year-old Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha came so excruciatingly close to breaking Hicham El Guerroj’s 3:48.45 indoor mile world record on Saturday at the Millrose Games in New York City, running 3:48.46 to miss matching the fastest performance ever by a heartbreaking .01 seconds.

Kejelcha agonizingly crumbled to the track after running the second-fastest indoor mile all-time, just a breath shy of the Moroccan El Guerrouj’s world record from 1997. The Nike Oregon Project runner put everything into the effort, passing just past halfway in a scintillating 1:52.99 while taking on the pacing duties entirely by himself from then on.

Kejelcha had the record in reach as he hit the bell in 3:20.13, and the two-time World indoor champion closed well to split a 28.33 final lap. It was a brilliant display of fitness and determination, as Kejelcha managed to run the last 800m in 1:55.47 all by himself. But unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough. 

Perhaps with a little better pacing— Kejelcha surpassed pacer Rob Napolitano just shy of 800m, a lap short of the original plan— and the Ethiopian would’ve had a little more left, but it’s tough to nitpick a mile performance that fell just .01 short of El Guerrouj. Kejelcha went all-in at the Armory, and he’ll have other shots to take down a record currently held by the greatest miler of all-time.

House Of Run: Sprinters Have Stolen The Show In 2019

Jason and Kevin discuss the reaction to Noah Lyles’ close victory over Christian Coleman in the 100m, the budding rivalry between the two, Kenny Bednarek’s coming out party at JUCOs, Michael Norman’s smooth 19.84, Caster Semenya’s 3000m future and Matthew Boling’s superb Twitter skills.

Kelati, Oduduru & The 10 Biggest Stars At NCAA West Prelims

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Yesterday, Lincoln took a look at the top athletes to watch in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Today, I’ll do the same with the West Prelim, which begins this Thursday, May 23, in Sacramento.

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Roberts, Holloway & The 10 Brightest Stars At NCAA East Prelims

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The 2019 DI NCAA East Preliminary Round is this Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, in Jacksonville, Florida, and it will be LIVE on FloTrack. 

Kenny Bednarek Makes History With 19.82/44.73 Double At JUCOs

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One day after riding a blustering tailwind to the fastest wind-aided 200m in history, Indian Hills freshman Kenny Bednarek decided to give wind legal a try on the final day of the 2019 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The result? Still damn fast.

Shanghai Diamond League: Lyles Stuns Coleman, Samba Tops Benjamin

The second leg of the 2019 Diamond League season made its stop in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, and it was jam-packed with marquee matchups and tight finishes.

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Kenny Bednarek Runs Fastest Wind-Aided 200m In History

If you’ve ever wondered how fast a world-class sprinter could run with a comically strong tailwind, Indian Hills Community College freshman Kenny Bednarek had your answer on Friday with his 19.49 200m (+6.1 m/s) in the 2019 NJCAA Track and Field prelims.

What Did It Take To Qualify For NCAA Prelims Over The Years?

Since the NCAA moved to a two-regional system in 2010, the qualification process for the NCAA Championships has consisted of the top 48 individuals and top 24 relays in the West and East regions competing for 12 qualifying spots during the last weekend of May.

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Samba/Benjamin Pt. I, McLaughlin Debut Headline Shanghai DL

The first six-ish weeks of the professional track season have offered one clear lesson: the late World Championships aren’t going to tamp down fast times. From Michael Norman’s 43.45 to Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s 49.05, it’s feeling like mid-August already. Perhaps the non-championship year in 2018 caused some energy and emotion to be bottled up, only being released in a year with a clear championship target. 

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Schneider, Praught-Leer Notch 5k Olympic Standards At Oxy

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