Farah breaks one-hour world record, Kipyegon wins 1000m race in Brussels


Farah breaks one-hour world record, Kipyegon wins 1000m race in Brussels

In Summary

  • Britain’s multiple world and Olympic champion Mo Farah ended a three-year absence from the track in style on Friday when he broke the world record for the one hour run at the Brussels Diamond League athletics meeting.
  • The 37-year-old ran 21,330 metres — just over 53 laps — to beat Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie’s previous record, set in Ostrava 13 years ago, by 45 metres to claim the first world record outdoors of his remarkable career.
  • Farah was locked in a duel with Belgium’s Bashir Abdi for most of the race but powered away during the final minute and was so full of running that he did not realise the race had ended and kept on for at least another 20 seconds.

Britain’s multiple world and Olympic champion Mo Farah ended a three-year absence from the track in style on Friday when he broke the world record for the one hour run at the Brussels Diamond League athletics meeting.

The 37-year-old ran 21,330 metres — just over 53 laps — to beat Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie’s previous record, set in Ostrava 13 years ago, by 45 metres to claim the first world record outdoors of his remarkable career.

Farah was locked in a duel with Belgium’s Bashir Abdi for most of the race but powered away during the final minute and was so full of running that he did not realise the race had ended and kept on for at least another 20 seconds.

“I’m very happy… we worked together, what an amazing way to do it and show the people what is possible,” said Farah. “I feel tired — in the middle part we had to work hard, it’s nice to break a world record.”

Farah retired from the track in August 2017 to concentrate on road running.

The rarely-run one-hour race took place without spectators due to novel coronavirus restrictions although there was simulated crowd noise in the stadium to help the runners.

Meanwhile, Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon registered a second win in a row over the 1000m race although she once again fell short of the world record.

After missing the mark by 17 hundredths of a second from the first meeting in Monaco on August 14, Kipyegon was fired up to lower the long-standing mark of 2:28.98 set by Svetlana Masterkova in 1996. she would however clock 2:29.92.

Additional reporting by Gilbert Kiprotich

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