Marc Scott with Mo Farah, British 10,000m Champs, photo by British Athletics
What a night. Last night in Boston, Grant Fisher showed his talent and focus with an electrifying run over 25 laps on the fast surface at BU, with his new AR. Mo Ahmed followed in the Canadian record and Marc Scott became the first European in under 13 minutes indoors. What does this tell me? That Jerry Schumacher and Pasqual Dobert, coaches of the Bowerman TC, have convinced their athletes that the culture and training that they have developed in the BTC works for all of these athletes.
Great Britain’s Marc Scott became the first European to break the 13 minute barrier for the 5000m indoors at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine International on Saturday (12) evening.
Scott already held the European indoor record with 13:08.87 but he pulverized his two-year-old mark, becoming just the second Brit after Mo Farah to break the 13-minute barrier with a 12:57.03 clocking.
But such was the caliber of the race, Scott was still beaten by his training partners Grant Fisher and Mo Ahmed who set American and Canadian indoor records of 12:53.73 and 12:56.87 respectively.
The three Amigos: Marc Scott, ER, 12:57.08, Grant Fisher, AR, 12:53.73, Mo Ahmed, Canadian NR, 12:56.87, from Marc Scott’s twitter
The top three athletes move to fifth, seventh, and eighth respectively on the world indoor all-time list which is still headed by Kenenisa Bekele’s world indoor 5000m record of 12:49.60 which has stood since 2004.
And the European indoor all-time lists were also thoroughly revised in the space of just over 13 minutes.
Scott’s teammate and fellow Tokyo Olympian Sam Atkin and Switzerland’s Jonas Raess also ducked under the previous European indoor record with outright lifetime bests of 13:03.64 and 13:07.95 to finish fifth and sixth respectively.
After the race, Scott confirmed he is targeting the 3000m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia from 18-20 March.
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