Adel Mechaal Sets New European Indoor 3000m Record In New York

Adel Mechaal Sets New European Indoor 3000m Record In New York

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Adel Mechaal of Spain won the 3000m in a European indoor record of 7:30.82 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York, a World Indoor Tour Gold meeting, fueled by a sub-2:26 final kilometer.

Last Friday in Karlsruhe, Mechaal looked sharp in his season debut, finishing second in the 3000m behind Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi in 7:36.57, before demonstrating his strength just two days later by winning the Spanish Cross Country Championships in Jaen over 10km.

A week later, in New York, Mechaal put on a show of speed and muscle, pulling away from a talented field in the final kilometer to win and rewrite the continental record books in the process.

Mechaal went away with a 29.59 lap to take him through two kilometers in 5:04.91 with a tiny advantage that would grow to almost seven seconds over the next five laps as second pacemaker Jordan Mann pulled off to one side.

Mechaal clocked 29.39, 29.68, 29.51, 29.20, and 28.15 for the remaining five laps, resulting in a final kilometre time of 2:25.91 and a winning time of 7:30.82. This beat his countrymen Sergio Sánchez’s previous European record of 7:32.41 achieved in 2010.

The range of times was incredible, with the top nine finishers all breaking some sort of record. Andrew Butchart finished second in 7:37.42, a Scottish record, while Jake Wightman stepped up in distance from his preferred 1500m to finish fourth in 7:37.81, a lifetime best.

Max Thorwirth of Germany finished fifth in a lifetime best of 7:38.14, one place ahead of Jonas Raess of Switzerland, who improved the Swiss indoor record to 7:39.49. Markus Ryffel had held the previous Swiss record since 1979, clocking 7:44.43.

In seventh and eighth places, Britain’s Tom Mortimer and France’s Azeddine Habz both recorded personal bests of 7:40.97 and 7:43.33, respectively.

Full results here

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