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It’s Farah Versus Rupp In Birmingham

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 18, 2011

The British track ace has a home-field advantage.

The Birmingham National Indoor Arena in England is arguably the fastest indoor track in the world. Thus far, 14 world records have been been broken on it.

Some more may go down this weekend at the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday. One runner who’s hoping for a record is British distance running superstar Mo Farah. Specifically, Farah hopes to set a new British record in the indoor 5,000m. At 29 years, the current record (13:21.27) is an old one. It belongs to Nick Rose who set it in New York.

The record is definitely within reach for Farah. He broke the British 3K record in 2009 on the same track.

“I’m doing the 5km and would really love to get close to the British record, that’s my goal,” said Farah. “I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll see if I can make it work out there.”

Farah will square off against American Galen Rupp who he defeated at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country race earlier this year.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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