Farah in top form for Rio

Reigning 5000m and 10,000m Olympic champion Mo Farah stormed to victory in the 3000m at the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday.

Cheered on by the home support, the Brit crossed the line in seven minutes 32:62 seconds to break David Moorcroft’s 34-year-old national record.

The 33-year-old now holds British track records at 1500m, two miles, 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m.

It’s a positive sign for Farah as he goes into final preparations for the Rio Games in two months’ time, and he dedicated his win to another Olympic gold medallist. “I want to wish Muhammad Ali’s family well. He was someone I looked up to and someone we’ve missed,” he said after the race.

It’s a stark contrast to 12 months ago when the Brit pulled out on the eve of the meet amid doping controversy surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar.

Farah, never implicated in the rumours, faced intense scrutiny to distance himself from Salazar after reports the American had systematically given banned supplements to athletes in his Nike Oregon Project.

However, these rumours have remained unsubstantiated and an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency has been quietly dropped.

“What happened last year, I am past it now. Things have taken care of themselves and done what they need to do,” Farah said.

There were also wins in Birmingham for sprint veteran Kim Collins in the 100m, Kenya’s David Rudisha in the rarely run 600m and a surprise loss in the women’s triple jump for Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen, bringing an end to a four-year unbeaten streak.

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