Highlights from the World of Running
Mo Farah to attack Olympic 10,000m standard at Müller British Athletics Championships in Manchester
Olympic champion Mo Farah will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Games by beating the qualifying standard of 27:28.00 in an invitational 10,000m race at the Müller British Athletics Championships on Friday 25th June at Manchester Regional Arena. After having not qualified with his time of 27:50.64 on 5th June, he now wants to attempt citing recovery from a minor ankle injury. Farah will be selected for Tokyo if he runs inside 27:28.00 in Manchester and an international field along with pacemakers is being assembled to help him achieve it. Read more here.
American mile record holder Alan Webb prepares to make marathon debut
American mile record holder Alan Webb will be running his marathon debut on June 19 at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Webb, who represented the U.S. in the 1,500m at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, primarily competed in middle-distance events as an elite, and he only raced farther than the mile on a handful of occasions throughout his career. Now retired, he has shifted his focus to longer events on the road, and he will put his fitness to an entirely new test at the upcoming Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota. Read more here
Gene Dykes Runs an Age Group World Record in the 50K
Gene Dykes, the 73-year-old Masters champion from Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, set an age-group world record in the 50K (31.06 miles) on June 13 at the USATF 50K Road Championships in East Islip, New York. Dykes' time of 3:56:43, averaging 7:37 per mile for the distance, beats the previous record of 4:15:55, set by Germany’s Wilhelm Hofmann in 1997, by nearly 19 minutes. While the time is yet to be ratified, this is the third world record Dykes added to his resume, along with 100-mile and 24-hour records in the 70+ age group. Dykes is reportedly aiming to take down Whitlock’s 70+ age group marathon world record of 2:54:48 at this year’s London Marathon. Read more here