Farah breaks Moorcroft's 3,000m British record

Sun Jun 5, 2016 1:29pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Mo Farah continued his build-up to the Rio Games by breaking David Moorcroft's 34-year-old British record in the 3,000 meters at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

Farah, the 5,000 and 10,000m gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, won in seven minutes 32.62 seconds after striding out at the front in a determined effort to beat Moorcroft's 1982 time of 7:32.79.

"Did I get it?," the 33-year-old, who pulled out of the meet last year after being angered by allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar, who denied violating anti-doping rules, asked a BBC interviewer.

"That's incredible... I thought I'd just missed it. It was a bit tight on the last lap, I had to dig in," added Farah, who paid tribute to his boyhood hero Muhammad Ali before the race by striking a boxing stance.

Former Olympic and world heavyweight champion Ali died on Friday aged 74 and Sunday's meeting held a minute's applause for the man known as 'The Greatest'.

"He was a big hero of mine and I send all my condolences to his family and friends," said Somali-born Farah, who will defend his titles in Rio in August.

Kenya's Mathew Kiptanui was second in 7:44.16 with compatriot Hillary Maiyo third.

Kenyan David Rudisha, the Olympic 800m champion and world record holder, ran the second fastest 600m ever with his time of 1:13.10, not far off the world best of 1:12.81 in the little-run distance. He felt he could have gone faster.

"I think I lost it in the last 100 meters," he said.   Continued...

Britain Athletics - Birmingham Diamond League - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham - 5/6/16
Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the men's 3000m
Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs