- February 1, 2008 at 2:25 am #7009
Stuttgart, Germany – Even those with short memories will have difficulty forgetting the exciting women’s 3000 metres race at last year’s Sparkassen Cup competition in Stuttgart.
Twelve-months ago Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar not only demolished the previous World record by more than four seconds with an 8:23.72 performance, she also kept the capacity crowd on its feet with a nail-biting finish, denying her compatriot (and an indoor debutante) Meselech Melkamu the record with a victory margin of only 0.02 seconds. For veteran observers of athletics, it was reminiscent of a similarly epic battle in the 1500 between Steve Cram and Saïd Aouita in Nice in 1985 as the 3:30 barrier was pierced for the first time.
Defar will be back again this year as one of the marquee athletes in the 22nd edition of the Sparkassen Cup – IAAF Indoor Permit – meeting on Saturday afternoon (2 Feb), a competition which enjoys the longest continuous single sponsorship of any fixture in Europe.
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