Samuel Tefera Sets New Record


Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera says he did not expect to break a 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record with a stunning performance in Birmingham.

‘‘Let alone breaking the world record. I had not planned to participate before,’’

‘‘I am very happy. Words can’t express my happiness.’’

Many eyes were on Yomif Kejelcha, who just missed the mile world record last week but Tefera, 19, overtook his compatriot with 200m to go and finished in three minutes 31.04 seconds.

‘‘I was expecting Yomif [to win] too,” Samuel said.

He beat Hicham El Guerrouj’s previous mark of 3:31.18, set in Stuttgart in 1997.

Kejelcha, who was undefeated indoors this year, clocked 3:31.58.

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