Beagle Farah leads the world as he smashes his British record
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2011
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Two of Britain’s top Olympic medal hopes, Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu produced eye-catching performances on Friday as they hit top form ahead of the World Championship Trials in Birmingham this weekend.
Farah, who has had an incredible record-breaking year since relocating to America to work with coach Alberto Salazar, cemented his reputation as one of the World’s leading 5,000 metres runners with an impressive victory at the latest Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
The Newham & Essex Beagles endurance runner powered down the home straight, holding off rivals Bernard Lagat and Kiplangat Koech, before crossing the line in 12 minutes 53.11 seconds to break his own British record and set the fastest time of any athlete around the World this year.
Farah tops the overall Diamond League rankings, with four meetings left to come, including London on August 5 and 6.
Elsewhere, Olympic champion Ohuruogu looks to have put her injury woes behind her at the perfect time.
After fears that the Beagles’ 400m runner would not be fit to fight for her place in Daegu, Ohuruogu – running only her third 400m race in more than 12 months –clocked an impressive 51.49 to win Friday’s race meeting in Barcelona.
Finishing clear of British rivals Lee McConnell and Nicola Sanders, the 27-year-old climbed to third in this year’s McCain Power of 10 rankings.
The 2007 World champion will hope to suffer no recurrence of the quad injury that has hampered her since last season and prevented a defence of her Commonwealth crown in Delhi last year.
The duo are expected in the second city for three days of competition, beginning on Friday, which doubles as the UK Championships.
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