Mo Farah excited for new beginning

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 20, 2017

Sir Mo Farah signed off from British track racing with victory in the 3000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting.

The 34-year-old's six-year unbeaten run at major championships was ended last weekend in London when Ethopia's Muktar Edris pipped him in the 5000m, leaving Farah with the silver medal, although he had already secured gold in the 10,000m on the opening day.

"The emotion was high and I had a lot of support from the home crowd".

"It means everything to me to be four times Olympic champion".

"This is it. All I dreamed of as a youngster was running for Britain", Farah said.

"Now I just want to continue to see what I can do on the road, without having a target on my back, and just try to enjoy it without so much pressure. Going to the road will be a new game and a new mindset, I am excited".

Mutaz Essa Barshim nearly bowed out of the high jump at 2.31m and 2.39m but went on to record a world-leading leap of 2.40m for a comfortable win.

"I knew I was in good shape".

Other world champions to thrive were Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi, who won her 12th consecutive pole vault competition (4.75 meters) and Ramil Guliyev, Turkey's surprise 200 meters victor, who again forged away strongly from a quality field to win in 20.17 seconds.

Elaine Thompson put her disappointment of missing out on a 100m medal at the Worlds by beating Josee-Marie Ta Lou with a time of 10.93secs - Dafne Schippers coming sixth.

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