Atkin breaks Farah’s British 3,000m record

BOSTON (Agencies): Sam Atkin broke a record set by Mo Farah as he recorded the fastest 3,000m time in history by a British runner.

The 29-year-old ran seven minutes 31.97 seconds at the John Thomas Terrier Classic event in Boston, improving on Farah’s time of 7:32.62 from 2016.

Atkin set the time by finishing second behind American Yared Nuguse, who won the race in 7:28.24. “The race plan was to sit on Nuguse and see what I could do. It went well,” said Grimsby-born Atkin. Speaking to, he added: “I wish I’d gone a little bit earlier but I can’t complain as it’s a British record. “It’s a good first win of the season.”