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2005
Kenenisa Bekele has given the 29th Memorial Van Damme its ultimate climax. The Ethiopian athlete broke the world record at the 10k. Saif Saaeed Shaheen from Qatar has run a world year best at the 3000m steeple of Memorial Van Damme in Brussels. In the same discipline Simon Vroemen broke the Europeean record. At the 5k Meseret Defar also ran a world year best.

Bekele had made a promise. He would break his own world record at the 10k in Brussels and so he did. Bekele stopped the clock at 26:17.54 and sharpened his previous record with no less than nearly three seconds.

Saif Saaeed Shaheen finished at 7:55.51 and i˛proved the 7:56.34 he ran on the 8th of July in Rome. The Dutch Simon Vroemen was second in 8:04.95, enough to improve his own European record (8:06.91 at 19 July 2002 in Monaco). Pieter Desmet (8:29.80) and Krijn Van Koolwijk (8:37.86) finished in the latter half of the pack.

At the 5k for women, Meseret Defar also ran a world's year best. The Olympic champion from Athens was better than Berhane Adere and Ejegayehu Dibaba with 14:28.98. Veerle Dejaeghere had to stop her race.

The 100 meters for women was won by Christine Arron (10.97). There was no match for Justin Gatlin at the men's (9.99). Kim Gevaert (22.99) was taken by surprise by Cydonie Mothersill (22.94) at the 200m and only just missed out on a party for the Belgian audience. "I really wanted to win for the audience, I tried, I was really close," according to a tired Gevaert. Brandon Simpson was the fastest at the 400m.

The 800m for women was won rather surprisingly by Mayte Martinez. At the 1500m Daniel Kipchirchir Komen beat world champion Rachid Ramzi. Joeri Jansen (3'36"04) came in 13th, Tim Clerbout (3'39"11) 15th.

In the pole vault Yelena Isinbayeva didn't manage to get above 5m02. The Russian couldn't improve her own world record. Tatiana Lebedeva has won the triple jump and is still on track for the 1 million dollar jackpot. She only needs the victory in Berlin.
















 
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