In a magnificent night of running, the world one-hour record was smashed by Britain’s Mo Farah and Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan at the Wanda Diamond League exhibition meeting in Belgium.
Multiple world and Olympic champion, Farah set a new mark of 21,330m – eclipsing the 2007 mark of 21,285m set by Haile Gebrselassie. In a stadium empty of spectators but full of recorded crowd reaction, Farah had to hold off the challenge from his training partner, Bashir Abdi whom finished eight metres behind.
Meanwhile, Hassan recorded 18,930 metres as the hour elapsed beating the existing mark of 18,517 metres set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune in 2008. The Dutch world 1500m and 10,000m champion’s feat was a result of a close battle with Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei. However, the latter had been disqualified for stepping on to the infield in the closing stages.