Los Angeles Times writer Mike Penner penned a piece under the headline, “Lack of Fanfare Over Daniel Komen Breaking Eight-Minute Barrier in Two-Mile Run Does Nothing to Diminish Kenyan’s Remarkable Achievement.”
In August, Komen won the World Championships 5,000m, lowered his 1,500m time to 3:29.46 and his mile time to 3:46.48, and stole another world record from Gebrselassie, running 12:39.74 for 5,000 meters in difficult conditions in Brussels. Somehow he managed to keep the momentum going through the winter of 1998, when he set indoor world records for 3,000m (7:24.90—a mark known as the “Mt. Everest” of athletics) and 5,000 meters, ran another 7:58 two-mile, in Australia, and claimed a silver medal in the World Cross Country Championships short-course race.
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