The hour has come for big Ben

Sunday Express - - Front Page - By Neil Fissler By Rodney Ar­mitage

SIR MO FARAH broke his own Euro­pean 5,000 me­tres record as he signed off his in­door ca­reer in style.

The four-time Olympic cham­pion won in 13mins, 9.16secs in Birm­ing­ham.

He fol­lowed the ex­am­ple of Scot­tish ris­ing star Laura Muir, who set a new Euro­pean in­door record for the 1,000m by win­ning in 2:31.93.

Farah beat Bahrain’s Al­bert Rop in a sprint for the line as his train­ing in Ethiopia paid off.

Farah is plan­ning to trans­fer to road rac­ing af­ter Au­gust’s track World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don and said: “I can’t quite be­lieve it is my last race but I have had a great in­door ca­reer. I didn’t know I had bro­ken the Euro­pean record but that means a lot.”

Farah be­lieves he could be hand­ing the hopes of Bri­tish dis­tance run­ning on the track to Muir and added: “I hope so. There’s no se­cret – it’s hard work and putting in the miles.”

Muir beat Kelly Holmes’ 1,000m record by over a sec­ond as she beat Amer­i­can run­ner-up Kate Grace in the sec­ond-fastest 1,000m of all time.

Muir, 23, was just a sec­ond out­side Maria Mu­tola’s 18-year-old world record and said: “That win was re­ally im­por­tant. I’m de­lighted.”

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