Race walker Tom Bosworth (pictured) was the deserved winner of the performance of the meeting after he pocketed a cool $15,000 world record bonus at the Müller Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium on Sunday (9 July).
Bosworth Steals The Show At Müller Anniversary Games
The flamboyant Tonbridge athlete has forced race walking onto the Diamond League stage for the first time and was seen waving to the crowd in the finishing straight as he smashed the 26-year-old world mile record held by Russia's Algis Grigaliûnas (5:36.9) with a stunning 5:31.08.
Bosworth was a surprise sixth in the Rio 2016 20km walk and tackles that distance in the IAAF London World Championships full of confidence with home support, as he indicated after recovering from his magnificent effort: “I wanted to make today special because it’s the first race walk at a Diamond League and I’ve wanted it for so long. In athletics you’ve got to have characters and personality and in an event like mine, which isn’t seen on TV too much and is quite often misunderstood a lot, I think today was a great advert for race walking. I’m so glad I managed to pull it off and deliver.”
Sir Mo Farah brought the meeting to an exciting climax with victory in the 3000m to send the crowd home happy. Showing no interest in the early pace, Mo drifted smoothly to the front mid-race before Scotland's Andrew Butchart injected a 59-second penultimate circuit to shake things up a bit. Mo's reply was a last lap in 55.3 to win (7:35.15) from Adel Mechaal (Spain, 7:36.32) and Butchart (7:37.56), who was rewarded for his temerity with a Scottish record.
Another flying Scotsman was in action in the 1500m as Chris O'Hare finished like a train to win (3:34.75) from Vincent Kibet (Kenya, 3:34.88) and Filip Ingebrigtsen (Norway, 3:34.91). Demonstrating his positive attitude, O'Hare said: “It is huge just knowing even in a 3:34 race that I’ve got the finish and could close down on the big guys so it is a huge confidence builder.”
Laura Muir returned to action after an injury scare to narrowly miss the British record in the women's mile. After discovering a healing stress fracture while altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona in May she needs races before the IAAF World Championships. Last Thursday (6 July) the Dundee athlete ran 1:58.69 PB for 800m in the Lausanne Diamond League and was second in London (4:18.03) to her likely 5000m opponent, Hellen Obiri (Kenya, 4:16.56).
And so the stage is set for a magnificent World Championships in the Olympic Stadium from 4-13 August. Full details and results from the Müller Anniversary Games are available here.