Farah smashes two-mile record at Birmingham Grand Prix

21 February 2015 / 21:39

Mo Farah insists he is only just getting started after the double Olympic champion smashed the two-mile record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

Farah was in sensational form in his first track outing of 2015, storming to the finish line in a new world record time of 8:03.40 minutes.

That was more than ten seconds quicker than Kenyan Paul Kipsiele Koech in second and almost a second faster than Kenenisa Bekele's previous record of 8:04.35.

And Farah says adding world record holder to his collection of accolades was a special moment.

“It's difficult to train for a world record and then train for a championships but I wanted to see what I could do it,” he said.

“I knew I could run a lot faster so it was a case of working towards it and setting yourself a goal.

“It's about setting yourself goals and seeing what you can do and if that's the world championships or trying to win medals or trying to run fast.

“I will never give up and want to collect as many medals as I can for my country and to look back and show my kids, that means a lot to me.

“It feels amazing to say I have broken a world record.”

Farah's performance capped a strong day for Britain's finest with solid performances from Nigel Levine and Jarryd Dunn, who finished first and second respectively in the men's 400m.

In the men's 60m rising sprint star and national champion Chijindu Ujah pushed veteran Kim Collins all the way to take second place in a time of 6.55 seconds.

The 20-year-old had to keep his nerve in a final that saw Daniel Bailey and Michael Rodgers disqualified for false starts.

Ujah did just that and he says he is excited about the prospect of heading to Prague for next month's European Indoor Championships.

“It was really good. It’s a shame after two false starts that we got held back a bit – I thought in the first one, I had a really good start. To reset and to come back and still run 6.5, I’m happy with that,” Ujah said.

“I’m going to rest up now. I think with travelling in around 15 days to Prague, I’m going to rest up and then try and get some work back in my legs, so I can have a good run.”

There was also success for some of the more familiar faces as Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford jumped an indoor personal best of 8.17m to take victory.

“It’s a great place to be, it’s wonderful to come out and jump so well,” said Rutherford.

“Taking this as my first competition of the year though, things are looking good. If you take my first competition from last year, it was questionable.”

London 2012 hurdler Lawrence Clarke, meanwhile, finished second in his final with a time of 7.62 seconds not quite good enough to see of American Kevin Craddock.

And, after clinching a new national high jump record last week, Katarina Johnson-Thompson showed that she means business this season as she helped herself to long jump victory and another national record with a leap of 6.93m.

“I am delighted to get the British record in the long jump, after doing it in the high jump last week too, things are going really well at the moment and it gives me confidence going ahead,” said the 22-year-old.

“I think I am used to different events being a heptathlete, it’s good to do all the different events before I actually do a heptathlon - so it has worked out well. I am going to get back into hard training now, so in three weeks I should be ready (for Prague).”

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