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February 19, 1998: Komen shatters record

Komen clinched the record, shaving nearly eight seconds off the world mark set by Gebrselassie at the Globen Galan last year

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Kenyan athlete Daniel Komen shatters 5,000 metres indoors world record.
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1998 - Kenya’s Daniel Komen took a second world title off Haile Gebrselassie in two weeks when he totally shattered the Ethiopian’s 5,000 metres indoors world record at the Globen Galan in Stockholm. Komen clinched the record with an astonishing time of 12:51.48, shaving nearly eight seconds off the world mark of 12:59.04 set by Gebrselassie at the Globen Galan last year. This was the latest conquest in a tightly-fought rivalry between the two athletes and comes just 13 days after Komen beat Gebrselassie’s world indoor 3,000 metres record with a time of 7:24.90 in Budapest. Marie Mutola of Mozambique ran the fastest women’s 800 metres so far this year with a time of 1:57.90 while Maria Akraka broke Sweden’s record, running the distance in 2:00.01.

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