Ben Jipcho of Kenya on Wednesday (27 June) night clipped an incredible 5.8 seconds off his own world 3,000 metres steeplechase record at the two-day World Games in Helsinki, Finland.
Ben Jipcho of Kenya on Wednesday (27 June) night clipped an incredible 5.8 seconds off his own world 3,000 metres steeplechase record at the two-day World Games in Helsinki, Finland. He had set the previous record in the same Olympic Stadium only eight days previously.
Jipcho clocked a fantastic time of eight minutes 14.0 seconds, which many experts feel could stand for many years to come.
In his superb run he won by more than seven second from Anders Garderud, the Swede who held the world record until Jipcho broke it in Lagos, Nigeria last January.
In his latest world record smashing run, Jipcho played a waiting game for the first 900 metres, dogging Finish start Jouko Kuha. At 2,000 metres the Kenyan was way out ahead on his own. He increased the awesome gap and almost sprinted the lap to the tape.
Warm, calm weather also helped to produce top-class performances in the 5,000 metres, won by Belgium's Emiel Puttemans in 13 minutes 19.6 seconds -- the World's best time this year. Steve Profontaines of the United States was second, and Paul Mose of Kenya was third.
In the 400 metres hurdles, Uganda's Akii-Bua showed excellent form, to beat Ralph Mann of the United States in almost a repeat performance of the race which won him the Gold Medal at the Olympics in Munich Last October.
About 200 world-class athletes from 22-countries, including 12 Olympic Gold Medallists competed in the Games.