Farah leads the way as Beagles impress

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLES 5,000m Olympian Mo Farah s excellent recent form heading into the World Championships continued with a tremendous win at the London Grand Prix on Friday. High winds in Cystal Palace ruled out any chance Farah had of breaking David

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLES' 5,000m Olympian Mo Farah's excellent recent form heading into the World Championships continued with a tremendous win at the London Grand Prix on Friday.

High winds in Cystal Palace ruled out any chance Farah had of breaking David Moorcroft's British record, however he showed a superb change of speed to outsprint Kenya's Sammy Mutahi and win in 13 minutes 09.14 seconds.

"I just wanted to win and I'm really happy with it," said Farah. "It wasn't easy in the wind, but the crowd made a big difference, they gave me a boost coming off the final bend."

Chris Tomlinson is another Olympian in good form and once again he leapt over eight metres.


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The battling Beagle jumped 8.21m to claim second, behind American Dwight Phillips (8.33m) and finish ahead of British rival Greg Rutherford, who came third after registering an 8.06m jump.

It was a mixed day for sprinter Tyron Edgar. After suffering the huge disappointment of being disqualified from the second heat of the 100m, he ran the second leg of the 4x100m where the British side finished second.

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Edgar was joined by Simeon Williamson, Marlon Devonish and Harry Aikines Aryeetey to finish in 1.38.44.

Steve Lewis finished fourth in the pole vault competition with 5.55m, while Kieren Kelly came ninth in the shot putt final after throwing 18.33m.

* At the Jumps and Throws Festival in Birmingham last weekend, Kieren Kelly threw even further to come second to Carl Myerscough, who threw 20.19m to win.

Max Eaves also won the men's pole vault with 4.95m,

While former 400m sprinter Andre Fernandez was best of the Brits in the long jump, with 7.54m, finishing behind India's Mahan Singh by one centimetre.

Chris Hughff was third in the javelin with a throw of 69.31m, finishing behind British rival Mervyn Luckwell, who managed 71.19m as India's Kashinath Naik won with 73.26m.

Robbie Schofield finished fifth (1.50.07) in the 800m in the final session at the European Junior Championships.

"I'm not sure what to feel," he said.

"A medal would have been a dream, but I beat some really good guys out there.

"I thought I ran a good race, I didn't go to the back - I stayed in mid-pack.

"I also kicked with about 300 to go and tried to stay in contact.

"I'm a senior next year so I'm up with the big boys.

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