CARLSBAD, Calif.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A historic race legendary for fast runners and world-class performances, two-time championÃ‚Â Dejen GebremeskelÃ‚Â can make history at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
If the 23-year-old Ethiopian wins the “WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fastest 5K” for the third consecutive year, he would join an elite group of three-time champions in the raceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 28-year history: AmericanÃ‚Â Steve ScottÃ‚Â (1986-88), KenyanÃ‚Â Sammy KipketerÃ‚Â (2000-02) and EthiopianÃ‚Â Dejene Berhanu(2003-05). Since Gebremeskel also finished second in 2010, the combination of three victories and a second would make him the most successful menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s runner ever at the event.
Gebremeskel also will be attempting to break KipketerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race and world road record of 13:00, set in 2000 and then matched a year later. Like Kipketer, GebremeskelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first two victories were in the exact same time, 13:11. Oddly, that also was the winning time in 2010, when KenyanÃ‚Â Eliud KipchogeÃ‚Â beat Gebremeskel by seven seconds. Read more