Olympic24: Farah bags world record as Froome leads in Spain

22 February 2015 / 09:59

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah wrote his name in the two-mile record books as Chris Froome reigned in Spain. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Mo Farah breaks two-mile world record at Birmingham Grand Prix
  • Chris Froome wins stage four of Ruta del Sol to take leader’s jersey
  • Laura Trott sits third in women’s omnium ahead of final day of Track Cycling World Championships
  • Jack Laugher claims second gold medal of 2015 British Diving Championships
  • Cooke takes World Cup gold

Farah storms to new two-mile world record

Mo Farah kicked off his 2015 assault in spectacular fashion as 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 the season, 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.

Farah's performance capped a strong day for Britain's finest, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson following up last week’s new national high jump record by doing the same in the long jump in Birmingham.

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.

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


Trott in line for omnium World Championship medal

Laura Trott put herself in contention for an omnium medal in an otherwise frustrating penultimate day for Great Brtiain at the Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.

Trott opened up with a 13th-place finish in the opening scratch race, before the double Olympic champion claimed victory in the individual pursuit with a time of 3:32.798 minutes.

This means the 22-year-old, who has taken silver from this event at the last two World Championships, sits third on 96 points, two behind Australian Annette Edmondson and six adrift of Dutch rider Kirsten Wild with just one day remaining.

It ensured Great Britain finished the day on a high after Olympic champion Jason Kenny and compatriot Callum Skinner were knocked out of the individual sprint in the 1/16 finals.

Kenny was caught off guard by Venezuelan Hersony Canelon who lead the race out and was able to fend off the Brit in the final 30 metres.

Skinner was drawn against three-time sprint world champion Gregory Bauge and attacked from the off but was unable to hold off the Frenchman, who rounded the Scot on the final lap for victory.

Meanwhile, Jon Dibben finished the men’s omnium in 12th, team pursuit silver medallist Andy Tennant was fifth in the individual pursuit and Elinor Barker was 18th in the scratch race.

Laugher lands second British Diving Championships gold

Jack Laugher insists the best is still to come despite claiming his second title at the 2015 British Diving Championships.

Laugher was back in action in Plymouth having already topped the podium after he and Chris Mears won the 3m synchro title.

Going solo Laugher added the front two-and-a-half somersaults triple twists piked dive to his list and scored a total of 83.85 for the dive. This helped Laugher on his way to a total of 462.65 as he led from start to finish.

Laugher’s fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mears won silver with a score of 454.20, while bronze went to Jack Haslam with a score of 387.15.

Lois Toulson secured her first British title after winning the 10m platform final. The 15-year old showed her composure as she competed alongside Olympians Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch.

Couch led the way through the final but Toulson saved her best dive until last and took the lead after scoring 88.00 for her back two-and-a-half somersaults one-and-a-half twists piked.

Millie Hafferty and Millie Fowler won the 3m synchro, with Madeleine Sweet and Scarlett Mew Jensen taking silver and Natasha MacManus and Kayleigh Sinclair third.

And Matty Lee and James Denny finished in first place in the 10m synchro after scoring a total of 373.14. 

Cooke seals gold in USA World Cup

After watching Jamie Cooke take individual men’s gold at the first modern pentathlon World Cup of 2015, performance director Jan Bartu couldn’t contain his delight.

Cooke’s victory added to the gold won by Samantha Murray and Kate French's bronze at the event in Sarasota, USA.

Consistent performances throughout the day saw Cooke eventually overhaul Amro El Geziry in the final run-shoot event.

“I can’t remember us doing this before,” said Bartu. It is a first to win both individual golds. We are all over the moon and it’s fantastic.

“Jamie put in one of his best fencing competitions ever and that set him up. That was a major, major breakthrough for him.”

On this day ... Sochi 2014

Team GB’s sole male alpine skier Dave Ryding finally got his Sochi adventure underway, finishing 18th in the men’s slalom.

Meanwhile, Britain’s four-man bobsleigh – piloted by John Jackson – posted the second fastest run two at the halfway stage of the competition.

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