Mo Farah broke David Moorcroft’s 34 year old British 3000m record to send the crowd home happy after the last race of the day at Birmingham Alexander Stadium.
During a stunning Diamond League meeting that saw eight stadium records and six world leads fall, Farah produced the goods over the final two laps to clock 7.32.62, a world leading performance, and 0.17s inside the previous British record.
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David Rudisha from Kenya delivered a stunning performance to take victory in 600m, smashing his own stadium record but just missing out on the world record.
Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto smashed the 3000m steeplechase meeting record, but his 8.00.12 performance was short of his first ever sub eight minute performance. Asbel Kiprop produced one of the performances of the day, bettering the Birmingham Diamond League 1500m meeting record and also revising his own world lead.
In the men’s high jump, Mutaz Essa Barshim finally regaining the kind of form that saw him go within 1cm of the world record in 2014. In a tight competition which saw the lead change hands between Guowei Zhang, Erik Kynard and Barshim in the closing stages, the Qatari took victory with a best clearance of 2.37m, with Kynard second with 2.35m and Zhang third with 2.32m.
Francine Niyonsaba was rewarded for a front running as she broke both the meeting record and Kelly Holmes’ 20 year old stadium record as she took victory in a world class 1.56.92.
In the women’s 100mH as 2016 sensation Kendra Harrison clocked another world class 12.46 (-0.3) to lead an American 1-2-3.
Full results from Birmingham Diamond League can be found here: http://birmingham.diamondleague.com/list_results_bham/
There were four races for the young athletes from the Midlands to take part in front of a big crowd in a 4x100m mixed Relay. The categories competed were i.e.U13, U15, U17 & U20.