Ali-inspired Farah sets British record and targets history in Rio

Ali-inspired Farah sets British record and targets history in Rio

05 June 2016 / 16:24
A Muhammad Ali-inspired Mo Farah set and a new British record for 3,000m and said he is now out to make history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Double Olympic champion Farah won the 3,000m, at Sunday’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, at a canter, breaking David Moorcroft’s 34-year-old record by a tenth of a second.

Farah ran 7:32.62 to finish 12 seconds clear of Kenya’s Mathew Kiptanui in second place.

The 5,000m and 10,000m champion from London 2012 said he was inspired by the death of boxing legend Ali and now wants to go on and defend his Olympic titles in Rio.

“I want to make history but it’s something that’s never been done before so it’s not going to be easy, I’ll have to dig in deep and I’ll keep working hard,” said the five-time world champion.

“A big thank you to the crowd, they made a big difference, I was a bit tired on the last lap and had to dig in.

“I had to dig in deep but I’m glad I got there,

“My support goes to Muhammad Ali and his family, condolences to them.

“What a great man he was, he was one of my heroes, I want to wish his family well.

“It was a tribute to him. He is someone I looked up to and someone we’ve missed in the last ten years when he hasn’t been as well, I just wish his family all the best.”

Farah’s fellow Brits Andrew Butchart, Jonathan Taylor, Richard Weir and Dewi Griffiths finished fourth, eighth, tenth and 11th respectively behind the winner.

Elsewhere in the Alexander Stadium Olympic champion Greg Rutherford lost his nine-competition winning streak as he could only manage 8.17m in the long jump and did not qualify for the final three jumps.

There were photo finishes in the men’s 100m and women’s 400m hurdles with CJ Ujah being pipped into third in a blanket finish, clocking 10.12, while Eilidh Doyle also lost out on the line, finishing second by a hundredth of a second in 54.57.

Sarah McDonald won the 1,500m in a personal best of 4:07.18 as Melissa Courtney completed a British one-two, clocking 4:07.55 for another PB.

Robbie Grabarz and Chris Baker were fourth and fifth in the high jump, clearing 2.29m and 2.26m each while Tiffany Porter clocked 12.86 for fifth in the 100m hurdles.

Former 10,000m European champion Jo Pavey finished tenth in the 5,000m in a time of 15:47.64, one place behind Jessica Andrews who ran 15:46.82 for a new personal best.

And in the 400m Matthew Hudson-Smith recorded 45.13 seconds for a season’s best while Dina Asher-Smith clocked 11.22 in the 100m to finish fourth, one place ahead of Ashleigh Nelson with Desiree Henry coming in seventh.

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