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European 5K/10K Champion to Run at Boston Indoors

Britain‰Ûªs Best, Farah, Coming to Boston

 Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel to Challenge


BOSTON (Jan. 20) ‰ÛÒ Mo Farah, the British Olympic Association‰Ûªs track and
field athlete of 2010, is set to come ashore in Boston for the New
Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 5th, organizers announced today.
Farah, the reigning European Champion at 5000m and 10,000m, will be
among the favored athletes in the 3000m.  Tickets for the 16th annual
Olympic-styled event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by
calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
 
Farah, Britain’s first-ever European gold medalist at 10,000m, followed
up his historic victory at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona
with a win in the 5000m just days later, completing the first successful
5000m/10,000m double at the European Championships since 1990.  He also
broke Great Britain‰Ûªs long standing 5000m record that summer, running
12:57.94 to shatter David Moorcroft‰Ûªs historic 28 year-old mark.  In
breaking the record, Farah became the country‰Ûªs first ever sub-thirteen
minute 5000m man.  No stranger to fast times, Farah set the British
Indoor Record at 3000m in 2009 with a time of 7:34.97, and later that
winter, won gold at the European Indoor Championships at this same
distance.    
 
Mo Farah will be challenged by Ethiopia‰Ûªs Dejen Gebremeskel, who was
ranked seventh in the world last year over 5000m, was the runner-up to
Bernard Lagat in Boston at 5000m last year and ended 2010 with an
outdoor personal best of 12:53.56.  
 
Farah and Gebremeskel join previously announced athletes including Jenny
Barringer Simpson in the 3000m, Nick Willis and Alan Webb in the mile,
pole vault American Record-Holder Jennifer Suhr, Lauryn Williams and
Kalkidan Gezahegne from Ethiopia.
 
The 16th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field‰Ûªs Visa
Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Reggie Lewis
Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.  Tickets and
meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by
calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
 
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