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Mo Farah breaks two-mile indoor world record in Birmingham

It's Mo Farah's first world record. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mo Farah has broken the two-mile indoor world record at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

Farah, 31, crossed the line in a time of eight minutes 3.40 seconds breaking the previous record held by Kenenisa Bekele.

Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion but now holds his first world record.

Thank you so much everyone for the great support. It's great to do it on home soil with the crowd behind me all the way.

– Mo Farah

Farah smashes 2 mile record to cement career comeback

Farah celebrating at the Birmingham Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena last year. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mo Farah marked his first appearance on a British track in more than a year, by shattering Steve Ovett's 36-year-old British record over two miles.

Farah has endured one of the toughest seasons of his career but shone once again at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix.

Farah powered home to cross the line in eight minutes 07.85 seconds, blowing Ovett's 8mins 13.51 seconds out of the water.

The double Olympic, World and European champion's time was also a European record.

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Mo Farah smashes 2-mile race record in Birmingham

Mo Farah pleased to be back in front of 'special' home crowd in Birmingham

After the success of our athletes over the last few weeks in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and in Zurich for the European Championships now they're coming to Birmingham for the Diamond League Grand Prix event starting on Sunday.

Some of the world's top performers will be there including David Rudisha, Stoke-on-Trent's Ashlee Nelson and Mo Farah.

Michael Sibert spoke to Mo and asked him how pleased he was to be competing back in Birmingham in front of a British home crowd.

Mo Farah to compete in Birmingham

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is in Birmingham today as he heads a list of 11 Olympic medallists from London 2012, including six champions, competing at the British Athletics Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium.

Farah won two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mo Farah will run 5,000m, and will be joined by Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, Olympic 400m silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu and Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

The athlete won Olympic gold over 10,000m as part of the London Olympics 'Super Saturday', before going on to clinch gold in the 5,000m a week later.

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Athletics Grand Prix underway in Birmingham

The British Athletics Grand Prix is underway at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (NIA).

Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah, has returned this year alongside other athletes made famous during the London 2012 Games, including Jamaican field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, GB high jumper Robbie Grabarz, and American sprinter Carmelita Jeter.

Britain's Dwain Chambers – one of Europe's fastest sprinters in the history of athletics, is also competing in Birmingham.

Great Britain's Dwain Chambers (centre) during his 100 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale after winning the women's pole vault Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Shara Proctor on her way to winning the women's long jump Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure on her way to winning her women's 60 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah in Birmingham Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will be in Birmingham today as he prepares for the British Athletics Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena (NIA).

He is said to be the country's greatest ever distance runner.

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