American 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m record-holder Grant Fisher will make his 1500m indoor debut in Madrid on 22 February, at the sixth World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold 2023 meeting.
Olympic and World Championship finalist Fisher joins now a stacked 1500m field that includes his fellow-countryman Yared Nuguse –the American 3000m indoor record-holder–, and Spain’s Mario García Romo –fourth at the World Championship and European bronze medalist–, Adel Mechaal –fifth at the Olympics– and Jesús Gómez –two-time European indoor bronze medalist.
At 25, Fisher has turned into the best American distance runner of the moment (probably, the best in at least a decade). The only one who has proved himself as a threat against Kenyan, Ethiopian and Ugandan biggest names.
In 2022, Fisher achieved a historic milestone becoming the first athlete since Steve Prefontaine in 1974 to break the American 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m records in the same year. Fisher went a step further, getting also the American 5km record when he finished third at the Diamond League final in Zurich.
Fisher’s best of 7:28.48 (3000m), 12:46.96 (5000m) and 13:01 (5km) placed him #3, #3 and #4 in the world’s toplist in 2022, while the 10,000m one (26:33.84) was the world leading time.
At the World Indoor Tour Madrid meeting, Fisher will race the first 1500m indoor race of his career. Outdoors, he set his 3:35.53 personal best in 2022.
The Bowerman Track Club athlete finished in sixth place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 10,000m, while he was sixth in the 5000m at the World Athletics Championship in Oregon last year. At Hayward Field, Fisher achieved his best result at the global stage, placing fourth in the 10,000m just 17 hundredths of a second shy of the bronze medal.