DEFAR BREAKS RECORD
By David Martin, PA Sport
Meseret Defar broke the world 3,000metres road running record in Saturday’s Newcastle/Gateshead meeting with a time of eight minutes 46.9seconds.
Ethiopia’s Olympic 5,000m champion bettered the mark of 8min 53sec achieved by Germany’s Luminita Zaituc on home soil in Freiburg five years ago.
Defar, decimating the previous mark and leading from start to finish, won by over 100metres ahead of her nearest rival Eloise Wellings.
Australia’s Craig Mottram followed suit with Defar as he won the men’s equivalent in a new world road-running best time.
He came out on top in a thrilling 3,000m duel with Eliud Kipchoge, clocking a time of seven minutes 41.7 seconds to beat his Kenyan rival and defending champion by just over a second.
Both men shattered the previous world best of seven minutes 49 seconds which Brahim Boutayeb from Morocco achieved in Helsinki 16 years ago.
Mo Farah and Becky Lyne were shock winners of their mile races. The European medallists from last month’s championships in Gothenburg ended their season brilliantly, defeating overseas opposition in the annual event.
Farah, the 5,000 metres silver medallist, dipping for the line prevented Ukraine’s Ivan Heshko achieving his third successive victory, both men sharing the same time of four minutes 05.5 seconds.
The quality of Farah’s success was that he and Heshko pushed Alex Kipchirchir of Kenya, the world’s top 1,500m runner this year, into third place in a time of 4:05.8.
Lyne, winner of the European 800m bronze medal took the women’s mile with a powerful sprint in the final 200m to claim victory in 4:40.3.
Katyna Holovchenko of the Ukraine was runner-up in 4:41.1, with Justyna Lesman clocking 4:45.4 for third position.