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Eliud Kipchoge Defeats Mo Farah

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 20, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM UTC
Eliud Kipchoge celebrates at the finish of to the indoor two-mile in Birmingham, England. Photo: The Telegraph

Farah still got the British and European two-mile record.

Britain’s Mo Farah is used to winning. After all, he is the reigning world champion in the 5,000 meters and collected a silver at the same championships last year in South Korea. However, the Somali-born British citizen didn’t have what it took to break the tape first at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham, England over the weekend.

Farah was defeated in the two-mile event by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who ran 8:07.39. However, Farah’s time, 8:08.7, was a new British and European record.

The previous British mark was held by John Mayock and the European record, 8:13.2, had stood for a staggering 39 years.

“I just didn’t have that change of gear,” Farah explained. “That happens sometimes in races. It’s not an injury or anything. I can’t exactly explain it. In long-distance races, anything can happen,” the Oregon-based Farah said. “Sometimes you have good days but today wasn’t my day. Eliud is a very strong athlete. It shows that I can’t take my foot off the gas. I just have to keep training and keep focused.”

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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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