Girma will attack the record of 3,000 obstacles in Paris


Fernando Carro, Daniel Arce, Victor Ruiz and El Mehdi Aboujanah They are the four Spaniards who will participate this Friday in the race of 3,000 meter hurdles of the Diamond League of Pariswhere the Ethiopian Lamecha Girma, Olympic runner-up, will seek the world record for the distance. Girma, 22, is the current Olympic and world runner-up in the 3,000-meter hurdles.

This year, with the goal of gold at the World Cup in Budapest (Hungary) in August, he will look for the world record for the distance at the absolute level in Paris, because in the junior category he already achieved it in 2019 with 7: 59.13.

The Ethiopian, who has won victories in the Diamond League in the last three years, has in mind the 7:53.63 of the Moroccan Said Saaeed Shaheen set on September 3, 2004 in Brussels. His best mark (7:58.68) was achieved at the Golden Spike in Ostrava in the Czech Republic in May 2022.

The one that has been closest to that brand over the years is Soufiane El Bakkali, who stopped the clock in 7:56.68 at the Diamond League event in Rabat in May. Previously, Kenyans Brimin Kipruto (7:53.64 in 2011), Paul Koech (7:54.31 in 2012) and Ezekiel Kemboi (7:55.76 in 2011) tried.

The record held by Girma at the absolute level is the 3,000-meter indoor world championship since February 2023. In Lievin (France), the Ethiopian, with a time of 7:23.81, broke the record he held for twenty five years. Daniel Komen with 7:24.90.

The man from Madrid was also on the starting line of the Charlety stadium in Paris Fernando CarroSpanish record holder and European distance runner-up in 2018; Daniel Arcerookie this year in the exam; Victor Ruizwhich he won last week in Bergen (Norway) and El Mehdi Aboujanahwho, at age 36, is performing at a good level this season.


the norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsencurrent European champion of 1,500will be looking to establish the world record for two miles at the Diamond League in Paris, currently held by Kenyan Daniel Komen since 1997 with 7:58.61, as the only athlete to date to run the distance in under eight minutes . , improving almost three seconds on Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie’s previous world record in Hengelo (The Netherlands) with 8:01.08.

That Komen record has been attempted on various occasions, without success, by athletes as determined as Eliud Kipchoge in 2004, Kenenisa Bekele in 2007 or Mo Farah in 2014.

According to the organizers of the Paris Rally, Ingebrigtsen will have the help of several hares during his career, which will not qualify for the Diamond League circuit, although it will be part of the competition program of the event.

Another athlete called to star in Paris is the Kenyan Faith Kipyegondouble Olympic and world champion, who last week won the Pietro Menea Golden Gala of the Diamond League in Florence (Italy) with a solo exhibition that led her to break the world record of 1,500 meters, becoming the first woman in history to descend below. 3:50 for the first time by stopping the clock at 3:49.11.

The Olympic champion of 100 meters, the Italian Marcel Jacobs, will appear on the list of participants, so everything indicates that he will reappear after the injuries that prevented him from opening the outdoor season. In front of him will be an American noah lyles200 world champion. Another of today’s attractions in Paris is the women’s 4×100 relay, in which Spain will participate along with Canada and France, who will compete in two teams.

Source: La Verdad


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