22 JAN 1998 General News

Gebrselassie targets 1500m indoor record in Ghent

Gebrselassie targets 1500m indoor record in Ghent
Star billing in the forthcoming Flanders Indoor meeting in Ghent, Belgium, has been given to Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), who will be attempting to build up his world record stockpile once again after the disastrous experience of the Brussels Grand Prix meet on 22 August last year where both 5000m and 10,000m outdoor world records were snatched from him in a single day by Kenya's Daniel Komen and Paul Tergat.

In Ghent, Gebrselassie will be making an attempt at the 1500m indoor world record which currently belongs to Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj with his mark of 3:31.18 set in Stuttgart on 2 February 1997. The next stages in the Gebrselassie record tour will be an attempt at the 2000m indoors record in the BUPA Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham (GBR) on 15 February (not an IAAF record standard) and he will follow this by attacking his own record of 7:30.72 in the 3000m indoors in the Globen-Galan meeting in Stockholm on 19 February.

Gebrselassie also currently owns the 5000m indoors title with 12:59.04, achieved in Stocholm on 20 February 1997, but Komen will be trying to take this from him in this year's edition of the Stockholm meet.