Haile Gebrselassie set the mark for the indoor 2 mile world record in 2003 at 8:04.69. Yesterday, Kenenisa Bekele broke that mark by 0.34 seconds in Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham to set the new 2 mile world record at 8:04.35.
“It was not easy but I knew I could do it,” Bekele said. “Paul Koech was very close, but I knew I had a fast finish in me.”
Paul Koech was right on his tail throughout the race, but Bekele dropped him in the final lap. He has now broken Gebrselassie’s 3rd indoor record, including the 2000m and 5000m.