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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 –

200m:23.0s (0.00s)
400m:48.2s (25.2s) – Pacemaker Tengelei
600m:1m:14.3s (26.1s)
800m:1m:41.24s (26.94s)

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.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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