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Farah phenomenon continues with twin girls and twin golds

PUBLISHED: 11:28 30 August 2012

Great Britain's Mo Farah in action during the 2 mile race at The Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix

Great Britain's Mo Farah in action during the 2 mile race at The Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix

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Mighty Mo Farah continued his winning ways in front of a packed house in Birmingham

It is barely two weeks since the euphoria of the London 2012 Olympics, but some of the Newham & Essex Beagles heroes were back in action up in Birmingham at the weekend.

The latest Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium was the chance for fans to pay tribute to their new heroes.

Mighty Mo Farah (right), the double gold medallist from the Games, was at it again as he tackled the rarely-run two miles event.

It was designed as a possible world record attempt, but in the end it proved to be a more mundane pace as Steve Ovett’s mark was never threatened.

It didn’t stop Farah from winning though as he celebrated the birth of his twin girls earlier in the week with victory on the track, easing away from his rivals to clock eight minutes, 27.25 seconds.

“What a year I have had, it will never happen again – two gold medals and two girls,” said the ecstatic 29-year-old, who won 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold at the Olympics.

“It hasn’t been easy since the Olympics with my daughters being born and everything that has been going on, but I want to thank everyone for all their help this year.

“I was a bit worried going into the race because I’ve not done much training because I have been doing a lot of running around, so to win was great.”

Also in action was Beagles high jumper Robbie Grabarz who continued his impressive season with victory in Birmingham.

The 24-year-old Olympic bronze medallist managed 2.32m to win the event and he suggests that there is a lot more to come.

“There are loads of improvements I can make and I no way feel maxed out in any area,” said Grabarz. “Coming from 44th in the world to winning an Olympic medal is no mean feat, but there’s always going to be a little bit of me that wants more.”

Christine Ohuruogu battled to second place in the 400m where she ran a time of 50.67 to be pipped by Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte.


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