BBC Sport athletics

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 18:30 GMT, Saturday, 31 January 2009

Farah breaks 3000m indoor record

Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.

Highlights - Farah breaks GB 3000m record

Mo Farah smashed John Mayock's British indoor record in the men's 3000m after a stunning victory at the Aviva International in Glasgow on Saturday.

Farah, 25, came home in 7 minutes 40.99 seconds, knocking 0.10secs off Mayock's time set in February 2002.

"I knew I was in good shape and winter training has gone well," said Farah.

British sprinter Craig Pickering was victorious in the men's 60m, while Susan Scott comfortably won the women's 1500m as did Marilyn Okoro in the 800m.

Greg Rutherford recorded a personal best of 7.91metres in the long jump to finish third, and he was pleased with his season opener.

"It's my first competition of the year and I expected to jump over eight metres," said Rutherford.

"But I'm injury-free and this gives me a good platform to work from."

In the women's 60m hurdles, Sarah Claxton ran well, recording a season's best time of 8.06secs to finish second, while Andy Turner was also second in the men's 60m hurdles.

Helen Clitheroe was third in the women's 3000m as was Leon Baptiste in the men's 200m with Johan Wissman winning in 21.05secs.

Kim Wall was pipped on the line in the 400m and Richard Buck was also second in the men's race, just behind world indoor champion Tyler Christopher.

Farah, who has spent his winter training in Kenya, having disappointed at the Beijing Olympics by not qualifying for the 5000m final, looked in the shape of his life, as he comfortably romped to victory.

He said: "I've had a very good winter so far and it is showing. I know there is a lot more to come and I expect to run even faster as the season progresses."

Pickering, 22, looked equally impressive winning in 6.57secs, and now faces an intriguing head-to-head with Dwain Chambers to qualify for the British team for the forthcoming European Indoor Championships in Turin in March.

Chambers ran 6.52secs in the semi-finals and 6.54secs in the final at a low-key meeting in Birmingham, and it looks as if the pair will battle it out to represent GB in Italy.

"He's one of the athletes I've got to beat," said Pickering.

"If I have a good day and he has an off day I may have a chance. It was getting personal but I'm a professional athlete and I can't beat people who aren't here.

"I'm pleased with today and I think there's a bit more to come. My PB is 6.55 so I was 0.02 off that in the first run of the year, so with a bit of race sharpness we'll be looking at 6.53.

"I'll need to run that because there are people running quicker than me."

The meet was won by the Commonwealth Select team on 60 points, ahead of Great Britain on 57.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

see also
Chambers triumphs in Birmingham
31 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Sotherton to miss season opener
27 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Idowu 'may have quit before 2012'
15 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Turner anger at UKA funding cut
16 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Van Commenee named UKA head coach
23 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Sotherton claims Dobrynska scalp
14 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Sotherton fifth as Dobrynska wins
16 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
28 Oct 08 |  Athletics
Contact TV team
08 Apr 08 |  Athletics

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites