On March 5th in Virginia Beach facility Paul Chelimo and other former Kenya runners now running for the US, line up in an attempt to break Galen Rupp's record of 13:01.26 in 5000m indoors. The record is an American record.
Dubbed as Fire Recovery indoor 5000m, the event saw the rise of Emmanuel Bor who ran a world indoor lead in a time of 13:05.60 beating the race favorite Paul Chelimo to the second position. Adorned with the US army singlet sponsored by Nike, Bor rules the roost by running behind Chelimo before taking over after pacemakers.
Thanks to Benard Keter and Willy Fink who did exquisite pacing. The former attain 1600m in 4:09.89 while the latter reach 3000m in a time of 7:47.94. The duo was aided by the light-speed pacing.
After 3000m Emmanuel Bor roared his engine full of gas opening a gap between him and Chelimo, at this point he was right inside the record. With three and a half laps to go, his projection was 12:58.5.
In the last, two laps it became elusive to maintain the record pace. nonetheless, he managed 13:05.60. putting him the second-fastest on the American all-time list after Rupp. Paul Chelimo (13:12.5 ), and Willy Fink (13:34.60) came second and third respectively.
Speaking to Toprun sports, the graduate of bachelor's degree in Alabama University exudes the confidence in performing well in the summer Olympics. "Going ahead we are planing with my coach to have meticulous training and racing before Olympics," he said. " I want to give gratitude to my coach Scott Simmons for the viable training program," he added.
It takes two to tango, Emmanuel Bor thanks his family and colleagues which includes his brothers for pushing each other in training. Amazingly Emmanuel has two brothers in the US Army who play an integral role in athletics; Julias Bor, and Hillary Bor. The latter represented the US in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase.
Other training mates based in Colarado sprigs include Leonard Korir, Anthony Rotich, Augustus Maiyo, Frankline Kebenei, Benard Keter, Samwel Koech, and Elkanah Kibet. They too had an outstanding performance during the record attempt, against the odd they have all been navigating tough winter conditions in training.
His plan is to run under 27 minutes in 10,000m in upcoming races before Olympics, Bor has already qualified to represent the US in Tokyo Olympics in 5000m. Bor wants to join former Kenyans who have won medals for the US which include.Benard Lagat and Paul Chelimo.
Former Iowa university icon Barnaba Korir is an uncle to Bor prodigy. Korir was recently inducted into the hall of fame at Iowa university for his tremendous achievement between 1985-1988 while in scholarship. Korir believes Emmanuel Bor is in the right shape to be on the podium in the summer Olympics.