Ayanleh Souleiman Breaks Indoor 1,000M World Record at Globengalan

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2016

May 30, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI) wins the mens 1 mile run with a time of 3:51.10 at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Djiboutian long-distance runner Ayanleh Souleiman set a new indoor 1,000-meter world record at the 2016 Globengalen event in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday.   

Per FloTrack on Twitter, Souleiman clocked a time of two minutes, 14.20 seconds to capture the world record and victory in the race. 

The previous world record for the men's 1,000 meters at an indoor event was set by Denmark's Wilson Kipketer, who clocked a time of 2:14.96 at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in February 2000, per IAAF.org.  

The IAAF captured a snapshot of Souleiman on his history-making run on Wednesday:

The Globengalen tweeted out a photo of Souleiman waving his national flag while standing triumphant in victory and also noted he knew he could accomplish the feat with 200 meters to go:

Souleiman has been a star in distance running for years, despite being just 23 years old. His first major title as a professional came at the Pan Arab Games in 2011, winning the 1,500 meters, and he had a string of three straight major wins in 2014 at the World Indoor Championships, African Championships and Continental Cup. 

The 2015 World Championships were a low point in Souleiman's still-young career. He failed to make it out of the first round of qualifying due to an injury he was dealing with before the event started.

Souleiman's new world record marks his first victory in a 1,000-meter event and marks a strong return to form as he builds momentum for 2016.

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