Feud with Andy Vernon fueled Mo Farah’s record

Farah set an world indoor record with a time of 8 minutes 3.04 seconds. Picture: Getty

Farah set an world indoor record with a time of 8 minutes 3.04 seconds. Picture: Getty

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MO FARAH credited his row with Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon for inspiring him to the first world record of his career.

The double Olympic champion was roared to a new world indoor best of eight minutes 03.40 seconds over two miles at the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham yesterday.

The 31-year-old, whose feud with Vernon had dominated the build-up, let his legs do the talking as he wiped more than a second off Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s previous mark of 8min 04.35sec.

Farah said: “So many times I have been asked, ‘Am I ever going to break a world record’, so it’s nice to say I’ve done it now. It [the row with Vernon] inspired me, I wanted to do it. Whatever’s happened has happened, we’ve got to move on, but at the same time I’m an athlete, that’s what I do best. I just have to keep running.”

Fired up by his feud with Vernon – which saw Somali-born Farah’s claims his team-mate questioned his nationality branded “lies” by his rival – he ran the first mile in 4:03.9 and the last one in 3:59.5.

Vernon congratulated Farah on Twitter, saying: “Everything aside that was a cracking run @Mo_Farah. Congratulations on the new WR.”

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