Mo Farah added another feather to his distance running career when he established a new record for the indoor two-mile mark in Birmingham. It is the first world record of the athlete’s career.
Mo Farah, the double world and Olympic champion, set the new record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 7th March, 2015. It took him eight minutes and 3.40 seconds to break the previous record of eight minutes and 04.35 seconds achieved by Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia. Coincidentally both the athletes achieved this world record at the same indoor two miles race at the Birmingham Grand Prix.
“It was amazing, I love representing my country, giving back to all the people…” An elated Farah told BBC Sport in an interview just after the phenomenal win. Farah entered into the final 400 meters when it was just 58 seconds left to break Kenenisa’s former record set on the same track in 2008.
Mo Farah has been satisfactorily awarded. However, this win does not please the International Association of Athletics Federation much as it is not considering two-mile race as something very challenging to win. But in Farah’s words, “People have been saying, when are you going to break a world record? So it was nice to do it in the UK… It was very special.”
When asked about his future aims, Farah told that for him adding more to the two Olympic titles and three world championship titles is more important than to break Bekele’s 5,000m and 10,000m world records. “It’s two different things, going for a world record or going for a championship,” Farah answered. “And I want to be able to know I collected as many medals as I can for my country, so in years to come I can look back and show my kids.”
The 31 year old’s victory is latest of the seven Britain achieved in the Birmingham indoor grand prix.