Racers across Britian have some extra inspiration to reach for the PB or course record this weekend as Mo Farah became the first Briton to run 5K in under 13 minutes yesterday. Farah finished 5th in the Diamond League race in Zurich in 12:57:94, just 3 seconds behind winner, Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia.
The previous British 5,000m record, 13:00:41 was set by David Moorcroft and has been unbeaten for 28 years. Farah's success comes after taking home the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the European Championships in Barcelona just three weeks ago.
Speaking about his record-breaking run, Mo Farah said, "I have been waiting for so long for this. I am over the moon. To go under 13 minutes is an awesome feeling. When David Moorcroft ran that time, it was a world record, so that shows you how much athletics has moved forward."
Mo Farah's career as a 5 and 10K runner has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and many runners in the UK find motivation for their own running, from his continued success. 5 and 10K events are becoming more and more popular across the country and many participants in these races will aspire to mirror the achievements of Mo Farah and the rest of the British athletics team by breaking a course record or beating their personal bests.
Good Luck to everyone taking part in races this weekend, let us know if you break any records of your own.
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