Latest Athletics News (Week 4 May 2018)

Mo Farah wins the Great Manchester Run

World 1000m champion Mo Farah was heard saying he was feeling “tired” after winning the 10km Great Manchester Run for the first time. This is the first time since 2007 that Farah attended the race and he took part in the one minute’s silence to pay tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives in last year’s Manchester Arena bombing. The 35-year-old recently finished in third place at last month’s London Marathon and set a new national record for Britain. At the Great Manchester Run, Mo seemed comfortable with the warm conditions. He ran past Ugandan athlete Moses Kipsiro 100 metres away from the finish line, finishing the race in 28 minutes and 27 seconds. With Kipsiro bagging the second place in the race, the third position went to Kenyan Abel Kirui who finished 25 seconds behind Mo. Farah said he felt pretty tired after completion of the race and that despite having participated in a marathon quite recently, it was still difficult for him.

Former sprinter Darren Campbell recovering from brain bleed

Former Olympic champion from Britain, Darren Campbell recently had a seizure at his home and had to be resuscitated. According to reports, he suffered a pituitary apoplexy which leads to the bleeding into the gland situated at the base of the brain. Fortunately, the 44-year-old has been discharged from the hospital and is currently in the comfort of his home to recover fully. Darren, who won gold for 4x100m relay at the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, posted on social media showing gratitude for the prayers and support from his fans and loved ones, saying he was ‘relieved to be alive’.

Great CityGames Highlights

There had been much anticipation and speculations about the intense competition that was to occur between America’s world record holder Aries Merritt and British world indoor champion, Andrew Pozzi in the 110m hurdles race at the Great CityGames. However, the event produced unexpected results as Polish athlete Damian Czykierbeat both the audience favourites. Czykier, who finished third in last year’s World University Games was definitely being looked at as an underdog and finished the race in 13.67 seconds, comfortably clear of Pozzi and Merritt. In the 150m race held in Manchester, six-time Olympic medallist Allyson Fox lost to Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who won the race with a time of 16.60 seconds. Ta Lou, who is the world silver medallist at 100m as well as 200m races, made an explosive start to the race, which was not something Fox could recover. Northern Ireland athlete Leon Reid, who won bronze for 200m at the Commonwealth Games last month, beat Netherlands’ SolomonBockaire to finish first in the 150m race.