WA recognizes Emane’s 50km record
World indoor 3000m record holder Lamecha Girma will be competing against a field that includes five world champions at the Wanda Diamond League on May 5, 2023, at the Doha Meeting.
The 22-year-old made only one indoor appearance, but it was enough to break Daniel Komen’s 25-year-old world indoor record by more than a second with a time of 7:23.81 in Lievin. The only two men in history to run faster are Komen and Hicham El Guerrouj.
Silver medalist in the Olympic and world steeplechase competitions, Lemecha, will make his outdoor 3000 meter flat debut on May 5. However, he won’t be the only favorite in the race.
Ethiopia’s Olympic 10,000-meter champion Selemon Barega is included, as are Kenya’s 2019 world 1500-meter champion Timothy Cheruiyot, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha (who has won the world indoor 3000 meters twice), Kenya’s Ishmael Kipkirui (who has won the world under-20 cross-country title), and Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo (who has won the world 5000-meter bronze medal).
The 50-kilometer record held by Ethiopian Emane Seifu has been officially recognized by World Athletics (WA). In February, Emane established a new record, taking almost four minutes off the previous women-only record set by South African Irvette van Zyl in Port Elizabeth on May 23, 2021. She won the 50-kilometer race at the Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers Ultramarathon in 3:00:30.