31st May 2015

Eugene Euphoria

31 May 2015

Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) was the standout performer at this weekend’s IAAF Diamond League in Eugene.

The double Olympic champion ran a world leading 10,000m time of 26:50.97 on Friday evening at Hayward Field. Farah pipped Kenya’s Paul Tanui to the post.

“My training’s been going pretty well, so I knew that if it came down to the kick towards the end, I was going to win that race,” he said.

"But at the same time, I wanted to run fast.

"I was trying to push the pacemakers along. It was hard, leading out myself.

"Paul and I worked well together, but it wasn’t enough. I will give it another shot to go for a faster time."

On the same evening, Lorraine Ugen finished third in the long jump with 6.89m, while Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) was fourth with 6.70m.

Saturday’s action saw Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider) gain a World Championships qualifying time in the women’s 800m. 2:00.61 was the Scottish athlete’s fastest time of the season in what was an extremely quick race where she finished sixth.

Elsewhere European 100m gold medallist James Dasaolu (Steve Fudge) showed signs of improvement. A time of 10.13 was better than his season opener in Doha but it was only enough for sixth.

Charlie Grice (Jon Bigg) and Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman) finished eighth and fourteenth in the men’s international mile. Hannah England (Bud Baldaro) was last in the women’s 1500m.

Highlights of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene will be shown on BBC 2 13:50 on Sunday.