On Sunday, Yomif Kejelcha ran his third world record attempt in three weeks, and this time he was successful. He ran a 3:47.01 at Boston University to break the indoor mile world record by over a second.
The saga began when the 21-year-old Ethiopian middle distance runner attempted and narrowly missed the mile world record at the Millrose Games on Saturday February 9. He ran 3:48.46, a heartbreaking 0.01 seconds off of the record, which was formerly 3:48.45 and held by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco. That day he had a great race environment, a pacer and a strong field to run with, but was still unsuccessful in his attempt.
Following Millrose, Kejelcha went on to race the 1,500m at Birmingham, where he was poised to break the 1,500m world record. Sadly, he lost to 19-year-old Samuel Tefera, who ended up taking the record for himself at 3:31.08.
🚨WORLD INDOOR RECORD🚨 3:47.02 mile by Yomif Kejelcha ‼️ pic.twitter.com/c9rYDWRygE
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) March 3, 2019
On Sunday, Kejelcha took the race over from the pacers early, likely knowing he was able to snag the record. He was brought through 1K in 2:22 and quickly took the race over from there. Kejelcha is from Ethiopia but trains with the Nike Oregon Project.