Elaine clocks world-leading 6.98secs in Birmingham

...Mo Farah sets new European 5,000m record in last indoor race

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) — Elaine Thompson, the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion, led a Jamaican sweep of the women’s 60m at the Birmingham Grand Prix yesterday.

For the win, Thompson clocked a personal best and world-leading 6.98 seconds, the eighth-fastest time ever. She was followed by compatriots Gayon Evans (7.12 secs) and Christania Williams (7.18).

In the men’s equivalent, the Jamaican pair of Everton Clarke (6.58 secs) and Julian Forte (6.59) could only manage fourth and fifth, respectively. The event was won by the American Robbie Baker (6.55), followed by St Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins (6.58) and Great Britain’s Richard Kilty (6.58).

Another Jamaican, Megan Simmons was eighth in the final of the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.24 seconds. The race was won by the USA’s Christina Manning (7.83 secs), with second going to her countrywoman Sharika Nelvis (7.94) and Australia’s Sally Pearson (7.96).

Meanwhile, four-time Olympic champion Britain’s Mo Farah marked his final race indoors by winning the 5,000 metres in a new European record time of 13 minutes 9.16 seconds.

The 33-year-old distance great, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, plans to retire from all track events to concentrate on road-racing after the World Championships in London in August.

In Birmingham, he was run close by Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who managed to stay with Farah after he burst clear from the rest of the field before being beaten in a sprint finish.

“I had amazing support from the crowd today and I can’t quite believe it’s my last indoor race,” Farah told the

BBC after improving his own record for the event.

“I’ve had a great career indoors and particularly on this track,” added Farah, who finished a disappointing seventh at last month’s Edinburgh cross-country.

In other events, Britain’s Andrew Pozzi ran a new personal best and world-leading time of 7.43 seconds in the 60m hurdles, with the United States’ Aries Merritt, the 110m hurdles word record-holder third.

The women’s 1,000 metres saw Britain’s Laura Muir just miss out on a world record as she won in two minutes 31.93 seconds.

Muir’s time was just a second off Maria Mutola’s world indoor record of 2:30.94.

However, the 23-year-old Scot’s time was a new British record, beating a mark set by Kelly Holmes in 2004 — the same year Holmes won gold in both the 800m and 1500m at the Olympic Games in Athens.





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