Great Britain’s Mo Farah broke the two-mile indoor world record after he produced a superb run at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.
Farah set an astonishing time of eight minutes 3.40 seconds which beat the previous record of 8:04.34 set by the Ethiopian, Kenenisa Bekele and was the first world record time set by the double Olympic champion.
The world record run comes in the wake of Farah’s row with his Great Britain team-mate, Andy Vernon. The two have been embroiled in a war of words on Twitter in the build up to the race with Vernon attacking the validity of Farah’s previous championship wins.
However, once Farah took his place on the track, he did not look like he had given Vernon a second thought, and from start to finish he lead the field leaving Kenyan Paul Koech and American Bernard Lagat falling behind.
Farah looked inspired in the second half of his run as he managed to record a sub-four minute mile, coming in at 3:59.5.
Farah said: “It (the row with Vernon) inspired me, I wanted to do it, whatever's happened has happened, we've got to move on, but at the same time I'm an athlete, that's what I do best. I just have to keep running.”
Vernon took to Twitter after the race to offer his congratulations by saying: “Everything aside, that was a cracking run @Mo-Farah. Congratulations on the new WR.”
Farah has five world track titles over 5,000m and 10,000m but this was his first world record. Vernon had criticised the lack of talent in the field in some of Farah’s races making his wins seem less important. Farah has said that he was hurt when Vernon said he should have won European Gold and not Farah.
But it seems the pair have moved on from their row as Farah looks to add more championships to his collection.
Farah said: “it's about setting myself a goal and knowing what I want out of the year, It's two different things going for a world record or going for a championship.
“I shouldn't get carried away, it's only two miles indoors, but at the same time it would be nice to be able to do what I can do for 10k, if I can go close or break it. But I will never give up (on championships). I want to be able to know I collected as many medals as I could for my country.”
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