Stuttgart, Germany – Yenew Alamirew of Ethiopia broke Daniel Komen’s record when he won the 3,000m race in 7:27.80 at the 25th edition of the Sparkassen Cup here yesterday.

Komen’s meet record goes after 13 years

Yenew Alamirew had never seen an indoor track before, but the 20-year-old Ethiopian sped away from established stars to log a 7:27.80 win in the men’s 3000 metres, becoming the third-fastest of all time with the event’s fourth-fastest performance ever. It also surpassed his outdoor PB of 7:28.82 which came late last season in Milan, and pipped the meeting record of 7:27.93 by Daniel Komen from 13 years ago.

Augustine Choge, passing a lapped runner as the bell sounded, had the lead with Alamirew and Eliud Kipchoge in close pursuit, and that order remained unchanged down the final back stretch.  Off the final curve, Alamirew sprinted crisply past the more experienced Kenyan and moved into indoor athletics history in only his first race under a roof.

Choge was a close second in 7:28.00, becoming the fourth performer all-time with the sixth-best performance, and his countryman, Eliud Kipchoge, took third in 7:29.37 to become the fifth-fastest in the event with the ninth-quickest time.

Meanwhile, Gebremedhin Mekonnen finished 5th in men’s 1500m; Birtukan Adamu came in 6th in women’s 3000m and Tizita Bogale finished in 8th place in women’s 1500m.

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