Farah And Rupp Shine At Diamond League Meet

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 12, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM UTC
Mo Farah and Galen Rupp went 1-2 in the 5000m in Birmingham, England last Sunday. Photo:

Mo Farah and Galen Rupp went 1-2 in the 5,000m in Birmingham, England last Sunday. Photo:

The Salazar-coached training partners defeated a pair of Ethiopian runners.

The Aviva Grand Prix Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England on Sunday was kind to coach Alberto Salazar. The reason: two of his athletes, Mo Farah of Britain and Galen Rupp of the United States, put forth solid performances there. Farah, who switched coaches to Salazar earlier this year, won the 5,000m in 13:06.14. Rupp came in second behind his training partner in 13:06.86–a new PR at that distance.

Rupp’s new PR was nearly 20 seconds faster than he ran at last month’s U.S. Outdoor Championships. His previous personal best was 13:07.35.

In the Birmingham race, both Rupp and Farah defeated Ethiopia’s Imane Merga, who finished third in 13:07.63, while countryman Yenew Alamirew was fourth in 13:08.78.

“It’s so nice to win and finish 1-2 with Galen,” Farah told the IAAF Web site. “People have asked me about my move to the United States, but as an athlete you’ve always got to be looking at how to improve yourself and what you can do better.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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