Mo claims first world record

mo_farahGreat Britain’s Mo Farah claimed the first world record of his career as he won the two-mile race at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham over the weekend.

Farah, who was involved in a social media spat with fellow Brit Andy Vernon last week, powered round the track at the Barclaycard Arena in a time of 8min 03.40sec, beating the previous record set by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele by 0.85 seconds.

“This means a lot to me,” Farah told BBC Sport.

The double Olympic champion had been at the centre of controversy in the lead-up to the race with Vernon, whom he beat to win European 10,000 metres gold in August of last year.

Vernon criticised the field Farah would be facing in Birmingham, and Farah, who was born in Somalia, claimed his Great Britain team-mate had questioned his nationality.

These accusations were refuted by Vernon but the row overshadowed the build-up to the race, although Farah showed it had not affected him as he surged to an emphatic victory. Farah, who had been training for the race in Ethiopia, added: “The crowd got really behind me – I’m so pleased.

“It was an amazing atmosphere.

“So many people have asked me when I was going to beat a world record.” —

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