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• Farah Breaks 34 year old British 3000m Record

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Double Olympic champion Mo Farah Broke the 34-year-old British 3000m record on Sunday in Birmingham.

Farah crossed the finish line after 7:32.62 and  shaved  0.1 seconds from legendary David Moorcroft's British 3000m record at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

His victory Farah dedicated to Boxing legend Muhammed Ali, who had died a day earlier at age of 74.

"It was a tribute definitely to Muhammad Ali," 

"My sympathy goes to his family, he was a great man.

"He was a real influence on me as I wrote in my biography, I looked up to him." Farah Told BBC Sports. 

Watch men's 3000m race video here.

Kenya's Asbel Kiprop set the fastest 1500m time ever run on the British soil as he timed 3:29.33. Kiprop's time is also  the fastest time this year in the world.

His compatriot David Rudisha, the world 800m record holder, clocked 1:13.10 to win a thrilling 600m race over Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Boise. Rudisha's time was only 0.21 seconds outside of the 600m world record. 

In the women's 800m race World Indoor Champion Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi clocked an impressive meeting record of 1:56.92. French runner Renelle Lamote posted her new personal record of 1:58.01 and took second as the World Outdoor Champion Melissa Bishop of Canada took third in 1:58.48.

Kendra Harrison clocked a meeting record of 12.46 seconds in the women's 100m hurdles. Olympic champion Sally Pearson returned to competition after one year's absence to take 7th in 13.25.

Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada posted a new meeting record in the one lap race of 44.23 seconds. 

The 40-year-old Kim Collins won the men's 100m clocking 10.11 seconds over American Mike Rodgers and Great Britain's CJ Ujah.

In the women's triple jump Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen faced her first defeat since 2012 London Olympics by Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova. Ibarguen, was beaten into second place in the final round when Rypakova leaped 14.61m just 5 cm farther than Ibarguen had jumped in round 3.

Latvian Javelin Thrower Madara Palameika threw an impressive 65.68m (SB) to win her second Diamond League meet this season. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar cleared 2.37m to set the top mark this year in the world in the men's high jump. 

Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams was beaten by USA's Tia Brooks. 

See full meeting results here.




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