Kendricks Breaks Bubka's Meeting Record; Kipkemoi sets 5000m World Lead at FBK Games

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Sam Kendricks broke the 27-years-old Sergey Bubka's meeting record in the pole vault while Margaret Kipkemoi set a new World lead in the 5000m at the FBK Games, the IAAF World Challenge, in Hengelo on Sunday (9).

The 2017 World Champion Kendricks cleared 5.91m on his first try and beat legendary Sergey Bubka's meeting record by 1cm from 1992.

Margaret Kipkemoi of Kenya clocked a new World lead of 14:37.22 in the women's 5000m. In the last 100m, Kipkemboi defeated Netherland's Siffan Hassan (14:38.54), who attempted her own European record of 14:22.34 from last year, and Ethiopia's Hawi Feysa (14:38.76) in third.

In the men's 5000m race, World leader in the event Ethiopia's Telahun Haile Bekele held off the 20-year-old Kenyan Nicholas Kimeli to win the race in 12:57.56. It was the second sub-13-minute performance in just four days for Bekele after he won the 5000m at Rome Diamond League on Thursday. According to track and field statistician Jon Mulkeen, there are two other men in history who have clocked two sub-13s within 4 days. Vincent Chepkok ran 12:55.29 (Rome) and 12:59.28 (Hengelo) within 3 days in 2011 and Assefa Mezgebu ran 12:53.84 (Brussels) and 12:59.47 (Berlin) within 4 days in 1998. Menwhile, Kimeli, who crossed the line second in 12:57.90 improved his personal best by more than 30 seconds.

Elsewhere, former sprint World champion Dafne Schippers in front of her home crowed took a convincing victory in the 100m in 11.06 seconds.

The men's 100m took Arthur Cisse of Côte d'Ivoire with 10.05 seconds.

See FBK Games Results Here.

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