On February 11, 2024, at 20:31 GMT, Great Britain’s Josh Kerr broke Mo Farah’s world two-mile indoor record as he won at the Millrose Games in New York. Kerr, a world 1500m gold medallist, ran eight minutes and one minute fifty-six seconds to beat Farah’s 2015 mark of 8:03.40. After his victory, Kerr expressed that he knew it would be a very tough competition.
In the women’s two-mile race, Scottish athlete Laura Muir set a new British indoor record as she won after Ethiopia’s Medina Eisa was disqualified. Eisa had been the first athlete to cross the finish line but was disqualified for cutting in too early on the opening lap. This win will help Muir as she prepares to compete for the world indoor title in Glasgow next month.
Kerr charged at the finish to win the men’s two-mile race and defeat Grant Fisher who set an American national record of 8:03.62. The previous world indoor best was set by Farah at Birmingham nine years ago. Kerr, a known Olympian, highlights his development in the sport as he has evolved from being pretty good but not world class to being a world champion, proving his ability to set and achieve big goals.
In the same event, Devynne Charlton of Bahamas broke the world record in women’s six hundred meters hurdles with a time of seven minutes and sixty-seven seconds. She shaved off zero point zero one seconds from previous world record held by Sweden’s Susanna Kallur sixteen years ago.