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 0.67 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.
Meanwhile, 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 she was disqualified for cutting in too early on the opening lap, which resulted in Muir being promoted from second to first. This win will help Muir as she prepares to compete for the world indoor title in Glasgow next month.
In the same event, Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas broke the world record in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 7.67 seconds. Charlton shaved off 0.01 seconds from the previous world record set by Sweden’s Susanna Kallur six years ago. The previous world indoor best was set by Farah at Birmingham nine years ago. Kerr has evolved from being pretty good but not world class to being a world champion and proving his ability to set and achieve big goals.