On Monday Sir Mo Farah successfully defended his London Vitality 10,000m title, winning the event in 28:15 well ahead of Andy Butchart who was second in 28:28. Monday’s race was only four weeks after Farah’s fifth place finish at the London Marathon. Despite the win, Farah’s 28:15 is still well off of the European 10K record set by 23-year-old Julian Wanders in December 2018 at 27:25.
Farah announced three weeks ago that he will defend his Bank of America Chicago Marathon title on October 13. He will face 2017 winner Galen Rupp, who had foot surgery after finishing fifth last year. The news briefly raised an interesting question in light of speculation that Farah might race the 10,000m at this year’s World Championships, but he has confirmed he will be focussing on the roads this season.
In the Westminster women’s road mile, Laura Muir ended up third to Melissa Courtney of Wales and Sarah McDonald of England. Muir is an Olympic and World Championship finalist and Canadian Gabriela Stafford’s training partner. Stafford moved across the pond from Toronto to Scotland earlier this year to join Muir and coach Andy Young. Since the move, she’s broken two Canadian indoor records.