14-year-old Mohamed Ali set a world age best of 8:15.02 at the Hercules Wimbledon 3000m Open Graded Meeting last night – comfortably beating the previous record of 8:21.32 set by Chikashi Ikeda in Japan in May 2012. He also smashed his own PB of 8:37.01 set in June this year.
Coach Steve Mann comments: “We knew he was in good shape but not sure how quick he would go. The aim was to attack the record last night as he is 15 on the 8th August. In typical coach high expectations he is now only 1.6 seconds off the age 15 world record so Mo you know what is next!”
The official results aren’t on power of 10 yet, but below is a screenshot from the event Twitter feed. It also shows PBs for both Jamie Taylor-Caldwell and Moe Hashi. In an earlier race, 16-year-old Chauncey Edwards chopped nearly half a minute off his previous best with 10:02.37, so all-in-all a great evening’s work by ESM distance runners.