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Mile world record missed by 0.01 seconds at Millrose Games

Yomif Kejelcha narrowly missed the mile world record at the Millrose Games

Yomif Kejelcha, the 21-year-old Ethiopian middle distance runner, attempted and narrowly missed the mile world record at the Millrose Games on Saturday. He ran 3:48.46, 0.01 seconds off of the record, which is currently 3:48.45 and held by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco.

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Kejelcha announced his attempt leading up to the race, and ran a truly stunning mile but was just a hair off of the world record time. The runner drifted into lane two in the final stretch, which could have cost him that 0.01 of a second. He bested the rest of the field by a shocking five seconds. Second place went to Edward Cheserek in 3:53.29 and third place to Clayton Murphy in 3:53.30. 

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In the women’s race, Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany took the win in a world leading time of 4:19.98. Second place went to Colleen Quigley of 4:22.86 in a personal best, and third place went to her Bowerman teammate Kate Grace in 4:24.27. 

In the lead-up to the race, Kejelcha’s coach, Alberto Salazar, said that if New York didn’t go to plan, Kejelcha would attempt the record again in Boston on March 1.