Nike Talks World Indoors 2018, Week Nine, Day One: Paul Chelimo focuses on the 3000 meters


The 3000 meters in Albuquerque two weeks ago was a bumpy ride.

The pace was pretty fast, 2:39 and 5:22 for the kilometer marks, and Paul Chelimo was up there, pushing the pace. The big kickers were right there, Garrett Heath, Ryan Hill, Portland 2016 silver medalist in the World Indoors.

Chelimo_PaulFV-USind18.jpgPaul Chelimo winning the 3000m at the US champs, photo by

Shadrack KIpchirchir took the lead and slowed a lap down to 35 seconds. That was all Paul Chelimo needed to get a breather and then he just dropped the hammer, a couple 31 second laps and then, boom, 26.04.

When I spoke with Paul Chelimo after the 1,500 meters, Paul told me, " I just wanted to do the double. I do not even have the 1,500 meter qualifier." We spoke a bit more on the 3000 meter distance, and Paul noted, " I ran 7:34 outdoors and 7:39 indoors."

How do I think Paul Chelimo will do in Birmingham?

I think the guy can beat anyone. His silver medal in Rio was real, he is a factor in any race he runs. His 13:08 in the heat of Sacramento showed that Paul has what it takes to be a factor in any race.

Chelimo_Paul15FV-USind18.jpGPaul Chelimo wins the 1,500 meters, photo by

Watch those last three laps in Birmingham, because Paul Chelimo will be in the thick of it. If he wins, let's see if the member of the U.S. Army Track club does his nearly patented salute.

It is a big deal for Paul. He loves to entertain his fans and he wants U.S. and global titles.

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