GLASGOW — Great Britain sprinters Jeanette Kwakye and Mark Lewis-Francis won the short sprints at the Aviva International Match, while Mo Farah ended the meet in in style with a stadium record.
Farah Record Run
World 5000m champion Farah, preparing for the London Olympics later this year, opted for speed at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall when he stepped down in distance and held off Augustine Choge of Kenya to win the men’s 1500m in 3:39.03.
“It was a good test for me,” Farah told reporters after the race, adding that, “it was a good battle” with Choge, who led for the major part of the race.
Farah, who is considering a possible 5,000m and 10,000m double at the London Games, was very happy to have opened the 2012 season on a winning note. He was also left stunned by the reaction from the supporters who gave him a small taste of the receptions he’ll likely receive during the home Games this summer.
He was quoted as saying: “I couldn’t believe how much noise there was, it was unbelievable. I’ve never experienced that in my life.”
Sprint wins for Britain and Russia
Meanwhile, Lewis-Francis held off Kim Collins to win the men’s 60m in 6.65 seconds. Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis was second in 6.66, while Christian Blum of Germany was third in 6.67.
On the women’s side, Kwakye finished with a time of 7.26, to beat Yasmin Kwadwo (7.46) of Germany and Virgil Hodge (7.51) of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Pavel Trenikhin of Russia won the men’s 400m over the experienced Chris Brown of the Bahamas. Trenikhin ran in at 46.68, third fastest over the distance in the world this year, with Brown taking second in 47.42.
Julia Terekhova won the women’s race to make it a Russian 400m sweep, after she crossed the finishing line in a personal best of 53.51.
American Natasha Hastings finished second in 53.54, while Briton sprinter Shana Cox faded to third in 53.84.