Throwback Thursday: Three World Records in One Night
18 years ago,in the space of 70 minutes at the Weltklasse Zurich, three World Records were broken. The 5000m, the 800m and the 3000m Steeplechase.
13 August 1997: 5000 m 12:41.86-Haile Gebrselassie-Ethiopia
The memorable 1997 edition featured the 5000 metres rematch between Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen. The former ran one of his greatest races in a World record of 12:41.86. One week later Komen improved the World record in Brussels (12:39.74).
13 August,1997, 800 m 1:41.24 Wilson Kipketer Denmark
Danish star Wilson Kipketer smashed Sebastian Coe’s long standing World record with 1:41.24 in 800 metres. Video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOS3RQU92Z4
400m:48.2s (25.2s) – Pacemaker Tengelei
13 August 1997:3000 m steeplechase 7:59.08 Wilson Boit Kipketer Kenya
Wilson Boit Kipketer from Kenya set the third World record of the meeting, running the 3000 metres steeplechase in 7:59.08.