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Mo Farah among the winners at the IAAF Diamond League's Birmingham Grand Prix

Monday, August 27 2012 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah headlined the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, cruising to victory in the men's two-mile race.

    American sprinter Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 metres final, and Olympic gold medallist Aries Merritt triumphed in the men's 110 metres hurdles.

    Script:

    A sold-out Alexander stadium welcomed Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, England.

    Returning to action for the first time since claiming gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles in London, Farah burst away from the field on the final bend - clocking eight minutes, 27.25 seconds over the two-mile distance.

    Perhaps not surprisingly - given that his wife gave birth to twin girls on Friday - Farah fell well short of his intended aim of breaking Steve Ovett's record.

    Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed gold at the expense of American Carmelita Jeter in the Olympic 100 metres final earlier this month.

    But in Sunday's showdown, their positions were reversed, Jeter getting the better of Fraser-Pryce to claim victory in a meeting record of 10.81 seconds.

    There was relief for American sprinter Tyson Gay after he safely negotiated his first competitive 200 metres for two years.

    The former world champion started well but tightened up down the home straight to finish just behind Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade, who won in 20.12 seconds.

    In the men's 110 metres hurdles, Olympic gold medallist Aries Merritt recaptured his form following disqualification for a false start in Lausanne last week.

    The American, who had said before the meeting that he was targeting the world record of 12.87 seconds, held off world champion Jason Richardson for victory in 12.95 seconds.

    800 metres specialist Mariya Savinova added Olympic gold to her world championship title this year.

    And the Russian was the clear winner in Sunday's event, finishing a full 10 metres clear of Kenya's Pamela Jemilo, with Briton Marilyn Okoro third.

    Finally, Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford failed to replicate his form in the men's long jump, the Briton beaten into third spot by Russian Aleksandr Menkov and American Christian Taylor.



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