Mo Farah breaks British two-mile record

Monday August 25th, 2014

Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah broke the British two-mile record on Sunday at Sainsbury’s Grand Prix. His time of 8 minutes, 7.85 seconds beat Steve Ovett's previous record by almost six seconds. 

Ovett's record had stood since 1978. 

Farah has dealt with health issues in 2014 and missed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to an illness. 

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His record-breaking performance Sunday comes on the heels of winning double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the European Championships.

"Early on I felt a bit tired but, as I got into it, I just felt better and better," said Farah, of his run. "I kept looking at the clock and thinking: ‘I can do it, I can do it.'"

Farah has only the Great North Run left this season before he turns his attention to next year’s World Championships in Beijing. 

- Molly Geary

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