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.

How To Watch The 2019 Indoor Conference Championships Live

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Big 12 Preview: Oduduru vs. Hudson, Lokedi Seeks Double-Double

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The brand new Sports Performance Center at Texas Tech will host the Big 12 Indoor Championship for the first time this Friday and Saturday, and it will provide the setting for what should be a fabulous weekend of track and field competition. The hometown Red Raiders (No. 3 in FloTrack’s NCAA rankings) will look to defend their team title on the men’s side, while the Texas women will do the same under first year head coach Edrick Floreal.

New Mexico, Boise Mix It Up Again | MWC Preview

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A loaded women’s distance field and a dynamite sprinting duo will be on display in Albuquerque at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships. 

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Down Goes Tefera: Jakob Ingebrigtsen Sprints Past WR Holder

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Weekend Recap: Tefera Crashes Kejelcha's World Record Party

In recent weeks I have been referring to the 2019 indoor season as the winter of Kejelcha, as the Ethiopian’s string of fast performances have made him arguably the top attraction in the sport so far this year.