Sondre Nordstad Moen might have lost his European marathon record in 2018 but the Norwegian set his second European record of the season on the track on home soil in Kristiansand on Friday (7) evening.
Just less than two months after breaking the long-standing European 25,000m record at the Impossible Games in Oslo, Moen surpassed Jos Hermens’ long-standing European one-hour record with 21,132 metres. Hermens’ mark was set all the way back in 1976 and is the second longest-standing European senior record on the books.
“I wanted to deliver today. These are extremely good conditions. You can not get better,” Moen told reporters after the race.
Moen was timed at 28:35 at 10,000m and under the one hour-mark for the half marathon. He became just the third athlete in history to cover more than 21,000 metre on the track in an hour after Mexico’s Arturo Barrios (21,101m) and world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia (21,285m).
The one hour event at next month’s Brussels Diamond League is being set up as an attempt on the world record held by Gebrselassie. The line-up features not only Mo Farah and his training partner Bashir Abdi but also Moen who is clearly in the shape to challenge the four-time Olympic champion and the European 10,000m silver medallist in the King Baudouin Stadium next month.