The double Olympic champion clocked 7:39.55 to beat Kenya’s Augustine Choge, while Paralympic champion Markus Rehm and world champion Dafne Schippers were also among the winners
Mo Farah returned to his winning ways at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, clocking 7:39.55 after a powerful final 400m to beat Augustine Choge over 3000m.
The double Olympic, world and European track champion had been beaten in his last race, the Great Edinburgh XCountry in January, and on his return to Scotland the 32-year-old’s focus had been on winning rather than trying to go for a fast time. The field went through 1000m in 2:32.03 and 2000m in 5:06.56 before Farah unleashed his kick to eventually cross the line over a second clear.
With his runner-up spot secured in 7:40.66, 2012 world indoor silver medallist Choge claimed overall victory in the IAAF World Indoor Tour.
“It was a messy race,” said Farah. “It was quick to begin with, then it slowed down a bit. It’s important not to think too much about times when you have a strong field like today. I was just trying to win the race.
“I’ve got a few cuts but that’s racing, it happens. The most important thing was to win the race in front of the home crowd.”
Confirming that the World Indoor Championships are not in his plans as he works towards road race action in Cardiff, Farah said: “I’m going to concentrate now on the World Half Marathon Championships and see if I can get a title.”
Behind Farah and Choge, Dawit Wolde clocked 7:41.69 for third ahead of USA’s Ben Blankenship with 7:44.96. Britain’s Andrew Butchart was seventh with a Scottish native record time of 7:53.15.
There was a brilliant British battle in the women’s long jump. With overall victory in the World Indoor Tour, plus a wild card entry for the World Indoor Championships up for grabs, a head-to-head between Lorraine Ugen and Shara Proctor was on.
After leaping 6.73m in the fourth round, world fifth-placer Ugen’s best was next and her 6.80m indoor PB secured the win ahead of world silver medallist Proctor’s 6.76m, also from the fifth round.
Completing a British top three was Commonwealth silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers who leapt 6.58m in the final round but was frustrated with a series that included four foul jumps.
“I knew I needed the win today and to perform well for the British crowd,” said Ugen. “I’m happy with my series in my second competition of the season. I’m hoping for a medal in Portland which would be a great confidence booster ahead of the Olympics.”
The men’s long jump saw a victory for Germany’s Paralympic champion Markus Rehm as he flew out to 8.10m in the fourth round. Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre responded by leaping 8.08m in the final round but it wasn’t enough to beat Rehm in his first indoor competition.
Britain’s Dan Bramble finished fifth with 7.83m, while Chris Tomlinson was seventh with 7.64m.
“It was really important to be accepted here and it was an exciting challenge for me,” commented Rehm. “8.10m is a great performance from me so I will look to build on this now.”
Sean Safo-Antwi continued to impress in the men’s 60m. The current UK leader with his 6.55 PB run in Mondeville, the 25-year-old was just 0.01 off that time in the Glasgow final to claim victory ahead of world and European champion Richard Kilty with a 6.57 season’s best and USA’s Mike Rodgers with 6.60. Adam Gemili ran 6.62 while Kim Collins, who had gone quickest in the heats with 6.51, pulled up and was later wheeled off the track.
“I knew I was in good shape and I knew I really wanted to win,” said Safo-Antwi. “I haven’t lost yet this season so I came with that mentality and my aim was to win.”
European 200m champion Dafne Schippers dominated the women’s event, clocking 7.10 ahead of Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson with 7.14 and Poland’s world junior record-holder Ewa Swoboda with 7.15. Dina Asher-Smith, who had clocked 7.17 to win her heat, seemed to lose her stride after a strong start and placed sixth with 7.25, while Desiree Henry ran 7.27 for eighth after 7.26 in her heat.
“I really wasn’t happy with that but there is plenty to work on,” said British record-holder Asher-Smith. “It isn’t a championships so it is good to learn from this and I’ll move on to the British Championships next week.”
There were big cheers in the Emirates Arena as Scotland’s Laura Muir ran an 800m PB to finish behind world silver medallist Melissa Bishop with another Canadian record-breaking time of 2:00.19. Muir’s 2:00.70 saw her finish ahead of Poland’s world leader Joanna Jozwik with 2:00.88. Her fellow Britons Adelle Tracey and Jenny Meadows finished sixth and eighth with respective times of 2:02.55 and 2:03.66, separated by world 400m hurdles champion Zuzana Hejnova with 2:03.40.
Fresh from his world 1000m record just three days before, Ayanleh Souleiman returned to the track to take on 1500m but had to settle for second with 3:36.30 behind Abdalaati Iguider’s world-leading 3:34.94. Bethwell Birgen was third in 3:37.55 as Britain’s Lee Emanuel clocked 3:38.68 for fifth and Tom Farrell 3:42.19 for eighth.
European indoor and outdoor champion Sifan Hassan won the women’s event in 4:01.40 from Ethiopian 19-year-old Gudaf Tsegay, who with 4:01.81 broke the world junior indoor record by more than a second. Britain’s 2011 world silver medallist Hannah England was pleased with her time of 4:09.69 for fifth, one place ahead of Alison Leonard with 4:10.77. Nancy Chepkwemoi won a close women’s 3000m in an 8:49.06 outright PB as Scotland’s Steph Twell was also among the eight athletes to clock a personal best with her 8:50.24 to break Liz McColgan’s 27-year-old Scottish native record.
There was a tactical run by Britain’s Seren Bundy-Davies in the 400m. Storming ahead along the back straight, she looked set for victory but a strong finish by Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson saw her pipped on the line, 52.05 to 52.10. Pavel Maslak ran a 46.02 season’s best to win the men’s event from Calvin Smith’s 46.45 and Jarryd Dunn’s 46.67.
Poland’s world silver medallist Adam Kszczot continued his winning ways, clocking 1:46.23 to take the 800m ahead of Ireland’s Mark English with 1:46.99. Britain’s Michael Rimmer, who won in Athlone on Wednesday, was the best of the Brits with 1:47.67 for fifth. Mohammed Aman had won the 800m at the Falkirk Cup in 2009 when he was 15 but it was not a great return to Scotland for the world champion as he failed to finish.
Victory in the 60m hurdles had seemed Dimitri Bascou’s to claim but the Frenchman stumbled as he approached the line and had to settle for third in 7.71 behind Xie Wenjun’s 7.63 and Kevin Craddock with the same time. Lawrence Clarke was fourth with 7.75, one place ahead of fellow Briton David King who clocked 7.81. Kendra Harrison clocked 7.92 to take victory in the women’s event from fellow American Nia Ali with 7.98 and Britain’s Tiffany Porter with 7.99. Her fellow Britons Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon clocked 8.17 and 8.23 for sixth and seventh respectively.
With pole vault victory wrapped up thanks to his clearance of 5.89m, Canada’s world champion Shawn Barber went on to attempt 6.01m but it wasn’t to be. Britain’s Luke Cutts cleared 5.70m to match his season’s best for second, while Adam Hague and Max Eaves both cleared 5.40m.
The top three all cleared 1.93m in the women’s high jump as victory went to Levern Spencer ahead of Alessia Trost and Britain’s Isobel Pooley, who said: “I was disappointed not to get 1.95m considering how close I got but that’s the nature of high jump. So I’m pleased with 1.93m, it strengthens my case for selection for the World Indoors in Portland where I really believe I have a chance of making a real impact.”
Omar Craddock of the USA won the triple jump with 16.93m ahead of Chris Carter with 16.64m. Britain’s Nathan Douglas finished fifth with 16.23m.
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