Farah says Birmingham will be his last indoor race

The double Olympic champion clocked 13:09.16 at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix, beating his previous best European indoor mark of 13:10.60 set on the same track in 2011 - just weeks before he moved to the U.S. to first link up with coach Alberto Salazar.

Four-time Olympic champion Farah plans to focus on road racing after the World Championships in London in August.

"I still can't quite believe it is my last race but I have had a great indoor career".

In Birmingham, he was run close by Bahrain's Albert Rop, who managed to stay with Farah after he burst clear from the rest of the field before being beaten in a sprint finish. It is weird thinking about it and saying goodbye because I have had great support from everyone and in particular this track where I have broken so many records.

"I knew I needed to do some work after Edinburgh, I had to leave my family but hard work pays off".

Olympic 5,000 silver medalist, Helen Obiri starts favourite in the 3,000m race at the Indoor Grand Prix finals in Birmingham today.

Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the 5000m during the Indoor Grand Prix at the Barclaycard Arena Birmingham England Saturday Feb. 18 2017

With Muir contesting the 1,000m in Birmingham, Obiri's toughest challenge will come from world indoor 1,500m champion Dutch Sifan Hassan, world indoor 3000m bronze medallist, Shannon Rowbury (USA) and the world indoor 1,500m silver medalist Dawit Seyaum (Ethiopia).

Muir, 23, was just a second outside Maria Mutola's 18-year-old world record and said: "That win was really important".

"The crowd were huge, I couldn't hear myself breathing they were so loud".

"It is every athlete's dream to be running well every time you come out on the track and be injury free".

She's got Belgrade not too far away now [in two weeks], the timetable works really well to double up there, it fits in perfectly and can be a real confidence boost going into the summer.

  • Julie Sanders


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