Birmingham - Britain's double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah set a new indoor
world record over two miles at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on
The 31-year-old crossed the line in eight minutes 3.40
seconds to eclipse Kenenisa Bekele's mark of 8:04.35, which the
Ethiopian great set at the same meeting seven years ago.
on the shoulder of Kenya's Paul Koech in the race's early stages before
striking out with seven laps to go and streaking home to shave almost a
second off Bekele's mark.
"So many times I have been asked, 'Am I
ever going to break a world record?', so it's nice to say I've done it
now," Farah said. "I want to be back on the track. That's where I
Farah had become embroiled in a row with Great Britain
team-mate Andy Vernon prior to the meeting and he claimed the spat had
inspired him to break the record.
Farah reacted angrily when Vernon made a sarcastic remark on Twitter about the poor quality of the Birmingham field.
row escalated when Somalia-born Farah claimed Vernon had told him he
had not deserved to win last year's European 10 000 metres title because
he was not European, which Vernon strongly denied.
"It inspired me. I wanted to do it," Farah said of the spat.
happened has happened. We've got to move on, but at the same time, I'm
an athlete. That's what I do best. I just have to keep running."
offered Farah his congratulations on Twitter, saying: "Everything aside
that was a cracking run @Mo_Farah. Congratulations on the new WR."