Diamond League: Mo Farah Break Gebrsellasie
By Sampson Adedeji
Britain’s Mo Farah set men’s world one-hour records at the Wanda Diamond League exhibition meeting at the King Baudouin Stadium on Friday night, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
Britain’s multiple world and Olympic champion held off the challenge of his training partner, home athlete Bashir Abdi, to set a new mark of 21,330m – eclipsing the 2007 mark of 21,285m set by Haile Gebrselassie. Abdi finished eight metres behind.
As the men’s race moved into the final quarter of an hour, the ghostly figure of the current world record holder, Gebrselassie, was shown in virtual shape, running at their side. They were bang on the pace.
With 10 minutes to go, they moved ahead of the world record schedule. They passed 18,000 metres in 50:43.
The gun went – a minute to go. And now Farah had made the significant break. Into the home straight, and the final 30 seconds, he came. Into the bend as the final seconds ticked away. And at the same spot where Hassan had earlier triumphed, Farah did too, taking a few seconds to realise it was all over.