Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera will attempt to break the world indoor mile record this evening, Wednesday 12th February at AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone.
Tefera was the 2018 1500m World Indoor Champion and is the current 1500m world indoor record holder. In February 2019, the 20-year-old smashed the world indoor record at the Birmingham Grand Prix clocking a time of 3:31.04 to break a record that had previously stood for 22 years.
The current indoor mile world record
The current indoor mile world record is held by his fellow countryman, Yomif Kejelcha, at 3:47.01.
Su Bingtian will star in the men’s 60m, the Chinese sprinter gearing up to go one better than his silver at the last World Indoor Championships. This year’s edition takes place on his home turf in Nanjing, China in late March.
There will also be a full complement of Irish stars in Athlone, with Thomas Barr taking on three-time world indoor champion Pavel Maslak over 400m, Mark English taking on a host of strong British athletes over 600m, and Phil Healy facing an international field over 200m.
Women’s 300m record
Ciara Mageean will attempt to break Mary Cullen’s national record of 8:43.74 in the women’s 3000m.