Boston doesn’t seem to favour Mo Farah as he stumbled over a most unforeseen obstacle conjured up in his way to meet with defeat for a second time in as many visits to the ‘green’ capital of Massachusetts.

Last year it was a stunning last 200m in 26.2 secs by one-spike shoed Dejen Gebremeskiel (ETH) in the 3000m to deny him and this time round disaster struck hardly 120m into the race, having stepped down as overwhelming favourite to claim the mile.

As fortune would have it, it was fellow Briton James Brewer, back racing well after a frustrating two years in the twighlight, that inadvertedly caught Farah’s leg from behind for the world 5000m champion to tumble on the track, blowing away whatever chances of challenging Peter Elliott‘s long-holding UK indoor record of 3:52.02 (1990).

Showing character and his racing insticts, he was quickly back on his feet to chase and swiftly haul back into the thick of the action, involving new partner Ciaran O’Lionaird (IRL) and loyal companion Gallen Rupp (USA) under coach Alberto Salazar.

But the early fall and exertion to make up the lost ground took its toll in the late stages as he could not keep up with the top trio, made up by Canadian Taylor Milne, when Rupp wound up the pace making a long run for home around 400m out.

Daevu finalist O’Lionaird, stalking the American, sensed his chance and grabbed it with both hands as he swept past with about 140m to spare (3:40.65 at 1500) and pulled away round the last bend to a convincing victory in 3:56.01, a total PB, to inaugurate a new chapter in his career in grand manner.

Milne followed through for runner-up (3:40.85 1500m) behind the ‘Mullet’ Irishman in also a total best of 3:56.40 while Rupp held on for third in a PB of 3:57.10 (3:40.98 1500m) and Farah still managed an indoor best of 3:57.92 (3:41.90 1500m), yet anything but the speed polishing he was looking for.

Hopefully, that unfortunate turn won’t affect his build-up to assault the British record over the 2-miler in Birmingham in two weeks neither Brewer’s own chances as he dropped out despite a strong first half into the race, possibly also feeling some effects out of the incident himself.

As an aside, the pace set at 800m (1:58.4) would have hardly set the ground for Farah to challenge Elliott’s mark anyway.

Jenn Suhr clears a new US indoor landmark of 4.88m

Andy Baddeley, by contrast, consolidated a return to form as he made the most of a blistering pace in the men’s 3000m to draw well inside the qualifying standard for Istanbul in 7:47.09, an indoor best and new UK leading mark to replace Chris Thompson at the top.

The Harrow miler, gaining a solid foothold for selection, came an eventual eighth in a scintillating contest that saw Kenyan Kaleb Ndiku deny Gebremeskiel a second win in a row in 7:38.29 against 7:38.97, with Silas Kiplagat (KEN) third in 7:41.02 – slotting in the three top places in the global rankings this term.

Canadian Cameron Levins set a second big PB of 7:45.75 on the trot to grab a creditable fifth and afford further credit to Chris Thompson‘s 7:49.14, having outrun the Briton in Seattle the previous weekend.

But it was another disappointing evening for Mark Draper who hasn’t managed to transfer his country form onto the track, pulling out for a non-finish.

Kirani James storms to a global-leading 45.96 secs over 400m

Charlene Thomas raced her way a further step closer to full fitness and sharpness as she ran a debut of 2:40.03 for fifth (2:07.64 at 800m), losing a place round the last lap, over the rare 1000m as Moroccan Btissam Lakhouad overhauled Morgan Uceny (USA) in impressive manner to clinch victory in 2:38.15 against 2:38.44, with Anna Pierce filling the last top three spot in 2:38.91.

The highlight of the meeting came from the infield, nevertheless, as a resurgent Jenn Suhr, back to her natural dark colour hair, rose equal to a new US indoor record of 4.88m in a superb first-time effort, edging second in the indoor all-time lists ahead of Holly Bleasdale in the process.

The American then opted to raise the bar to a potential indoor world record of 5.01, failing all three times, as the event is slipping through the gears towards a breakthrough into uncharted territories on the early indications of the season.

Grenadian prodigy Kirani James powered to an additional world-leader of 45.96 secs in the men’s 400m well ahead of late-bloomer Joshua Scott (USA), who set a SB of 46.40 secs, and former outdoor world bronze medallist Renny Quow (TRI) in a rare indoor outing of 46.70 secs (indoor best).

The youngster made a forceful early statement of his intentions in view of the Olympics as he will be expecting a backlash on the part of the Americans, particularly in the frame of Lashawn Merritt and Jeremy Warriner.

Maggie Vessey outleaned former heptathlete Erica Moore, the winner in Glasgow, in a nailbiting women’s 800m as both crossed the line in an identical time of 2:02.37 whereas the Ethiopians dominated the longer distances by means of lone rides out in front by stars Tirunesh Dibaba in 9:21.60 over 2 miles, winning by nearly a full lap, and Meseret Defar in 8:33.57 over 3000m, both topping the global lists.

Gotytom Gebreslase, cited as just 17, followed on in second in a massive PB of 8:46.01 to suggest a new rising hot prospect out of the Ethiopian production line narrowly ahead of Moroccan Siham Hilali in 8:46.17 (PB), with Sarah Hall (USA) fourth in 8:54.75 (SB) and world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson seventh in 9:58.70 (SB).

Elsewhere, Adam Nelson romped to a comfortable win in the shot with a 21.27m put to go third in the world while David Oliver made no mistake to edge out Aries Merritt for a return on a winning trail in 7.60 to 7.62 secs, with Myrielle Ahoure (CIV) taking a clear top place in the dash in 7.13 secs ahead of American-turned-Nigerian Gloria Asumnu in 7.20 secs.

Full Results

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