Ethiopian endurance rider Lamecha Girma (pictured on March 20, 2022).
Liévin (France) – Ethiopian Lamecha Girma ran the world record for 3000 meters at the indoor meeting in Liévin, France. Czech representative Filip Sasínek won the race in 7:23.81. By one second and nine hundredths of a second, he beat the previous record set by Kenyan Daniel Komen in 1998.
The new world record holder Girma is the indoor world vice-champion at 3000 meters from last year's championship in Belgrade. In the open air, this twenty-two-year-old runner primarily competes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where he won silver at the last two world championships and at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. also fell short of the former world record. He improved compatriot Adel Mechaal's year-old European all-time record by more than six seconds to 7:24.68.
Dutch runner Femke Bolová shone again in the four hundred. Although this time she did not break the 50-second mark, she triumphantly won the meeting in a record time of 50.20 seconds. Third place in run B was taken by Lada Vondrová (52.57). Norwegian Karsten Warholm (45.51) won the men's 400m at the end of the program.
World pole vault record holder Armand Duplantis also broke the six-meter mark in his third start this indoor season, this time winning with a performance of 601 centimeters. The women's pole vault competition was won by Olympic champion Katie Moon (née Nageotte) with a season's best of 483 centimeters.
The 60 was dominated by Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala. With a new national record of 6.54, he beat reigning world indoor 60m champion and Olympic 100m champion Marcello Jacobs of Italy by three hundredths. Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:32.38) and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegayová (3:57.47) ran the fastest 1500m of the season.
Indoor athletics meeting of the gold category of the World Indoor Tour in Liévin (France):
Men – 60m: 1. Omanyala (Kenya) 6.54, 400m: 1. Warholm (Nor.) 45.51, 800m: 1. Robert (Fr.) 1:46.78, 1500 m: 1. J. Ingebrigtsen 3:32.38, 3000 m: 1. Girma (Et.) 7:23.81 – world record, 2. Katir ( Sp.) 7:24.68 – European record, 60 m b.: 1. Holloway (USA) 7.39, … in the run Ryba (CZ) 7.91, pole: 1 Duplantis 601, distance: 1. Tentoglu (Greece) 841.
Women – 400 m: 1. Bolová (Netherlands) 50.20, …final B : 3. Vondrová (Czech Republic) 52.57, 800 m: 1. Hodgkinson (Brit.) 1:57.71, 1500 m: 1. Tsegay (Et.) 3:57.47, 3000 m: 1. Welteji (Et.) 8:34.84, pole: 1. Moonová (USA) 483, triple jump: 1. Poveaová (Cuba) 14.81.