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Mo Farah breaks long standing European Athletics record

Posted on July 29 2013

Long distance-runner Farah was competing in this shorter race to increase his speed practice ahead of the World Championships in Moscow in three weeks time.

But the double Olympic, World and triple European champion at the 5000m and 10,000m is now the world's sixth quickest 1500m man of all time after finishing in 3:28.81 behind Asbel Kiprop, of Kenya, who won in 3:27.72.

The time from Farah broke the European record of 3:28.95 which Spain's Fermin Cacho ran in 1997 and he also replaced Steve Cram as the British record holder.

Cram's time of 3:29.67 had stood for 28 years and was a world record when he ran it in Nice on July 16, 1985.
Farah said: "I am not used to running those speeds. My training has been going well and the aim was to work on the speed."