Kimeli shatters Kipchoge's meeting record in Rome

Kimeli shatters Kipchoge's meeting record in Rome

Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli stormed his way up the world 5000m all-time list on an evening of top-class action at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome on Thursday 9 June 2022.

Nicholas Kimeli

Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli stormed his way up the world 5000m all-time list on an evening of top-class action at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea in Rome on Thursday 9 June 2022.

He might have been up against multiple global gold medallists but he too left them all for dust, surging to seventh on the world all-time list with a world-leading 12:46.33 to break the meeting record that had been set by Eliud Kipchoge back in 2004.

Running behind Ethiopia’s two-time world indoor 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha through 3000m in 7:41.50 and 4000m in 10:15.10, Kimeli – who narrowly missed out on Olympic 5000m bronze in Tokyo – went on to battle with his compatriot Jacob Krop and edged to victory. Krop was right behind him in 12:46.79, a time that puts him joint ninth on the world all-time list with Kejelcha, who this time ran 12:52.10 for third.

Ethiopia’s Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega finished fourth (12:54.87) and Canada’s Olympic silver medallist Mohammed Ahmed fifth (12:55.84) as the top eight all dipped under 13 minutes.

“I am feeling great because I had never won a Diamond League race before and I really pushed to make it happen,” said Kimeli. “The race was very, very competitive.

“Last year, I missed an Olympic medal and came fourth. So this year I really focus on our trials and coming home with a medal from the World Championships. This race has shown me that I am in good shape, and it has given me a lot of confidence.”

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