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Athletics: Mo Farah breaks 36-year-old European two-mile record

Published on Aug 25, 2014 2:36 AM
Britain's Mo Farah celebrates after winning the men's two-mile race during the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Birmingham on August 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Distance-running star Mo Farah marked his first appearance on a home track in more than 12 months by smashing Steve Ovett's 36-year-old British record for the rarely run two miles at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

The Olympic, world and European champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 metres, Farah won in a time of eight minutes 07.85 seconds as he comfortably surpassed the 8:13.51 secs mark of Ovett, the 1980 Olympic 800m champion.

"Early on I felt a bit tired and then as I got into it I just felt better and better," Farah said.

"I kept looking at the clock and thinking, 'I can do it, I can do it'."

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