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Ethiopian Kejelcha smashes world indoor mile record

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Ethiopian Kejelcha smashes world indoor mile record
FILE PHOTO: Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) poses with trophy after winning the Wanamaker Mile during the 112th Millrose Games at The Armory. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports - 12135783/File Photo   -   Copyright  USA TODAY USPW(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha broke the world indoor mile record when he clocked three minutes 47.01 seconds during an invitational meet in Boston on Sunday.

The 21-year-old smashed the 22-year-old record of 3:48.45 set by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj in 1997.

Kejelcha had come within one hundredth of a second of the record when he clocked 3:48.46 at the Millrose Games in New York last month.

The twice world indoor 3,000 metres champion was also targeting the indoor 1,500m record but narrowly missed it with a 3:31.25.

That made Kejelcha, who is coached by Alberto Salazar, the third-fastest in the event behind compatriot Samuel Tefera’s February world record of 3:31.04 and El Guerrouj’s 3:31.18

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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