Haile wins, but misses world mark

KARLSRUHE: Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie ran the fastest 3,000m of the indoor season but failed to break the world record at the Karlsruhe Indoor Championships on Friday. 

Gebrselassie clocked 7:28.29 to lead an Ethiopian sweep, but he was well off the world indoor mark of 7:25.90 held by Daniel Komen of Kenya since 1998. 

“It’s still a fantastic time,” Gebrselassie said. “I know I can improve it.” 

Abiyote Abate was second in 7:40.75 and Markos Geneti third in 7:40.83. 

Colin Jackson of Britain, in his last race before the World Indoor Championships next month in Birmingham, narrowly avoided disqualification and than just as narrowly lost to Cuban Olympic champion Anier Garcia in the 60m hurdles. Garcia won in 7.47 seconds and Jackson was second in 7.49. 

The race had two false starts and Jackson had the second one, which should have normally drawn a disqualification according to new rules. But the officials allowed Jackson to run. 

“I was looking at the screen and it didn’t look like a false start,” said Jackson, who is in his final season. 

“I came here to set my season best and I did that. I ran very powerfully,” the Briton said. 

Cornelius Chirchir, the Kenyan teenager, won the men’s 1,500m with a meet record time of 3:34.85 leaving Anass Salmouni of Morocco nearly three seconds behind. Salmouni clocked 3:37.82 while Mehdi Baala of France was third in 3:39.63. 

Cuba’s Yamile Aldama set a season best in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 14.88m. Magdalin Martinez of Italy was second at 14.61m and Cameroon’s Francoise Mbango third at 14.40m. 

Lars Boergeling of Germany cleared 5.73m to win the men’s pole vault. Rens Blom of Holland cleared the same height for a personal best to finish second, and Ruslan Yeremenko of Ukraine was third at 5.63m. – AP 

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