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Posted: February 26, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Defar Clocks World Indoor Best For Two Miles

From David Monti

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Meseret Defar will have her named penned again into the record books after tonight's brilliant 9:06.26 two-mile world best run at the aptly-named Meeting of World Record Holders in Prague.

Defar, the 2004 Olympic Games 5000m gold medalist, beat her own mark of 9:10.50 set at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in January, 2008. Just 8 days ago she set a pending world indoor record for 5000m in Stockholm.

Finishing behind her were Tanzania's Zakia Mrisho Mohamed (9:32.75) and Poland's Lidia Chojecka (9:33.23). Both Mrisho and Chojecka established national bests for their respective nations.

The IAAF doesn't recognize world indoor records at two miles, so statisticians refer to it as a world "best."

NOTE: Look for a more complete story following the meet by Assistant Editor Bob Ramsak who is in Prague --Ed.


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