Mo Farah wins 3,000m at British Grand Prix in Birmingham

Mo Farah makes a victorious start to his 2013 season by winning the 3,000m indoors at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham

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Mo Farah claimed victory in the 3,000m on Saturday Photo: UK Athletics

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Mo Farah made a victorious start to his 2013 season by winning the 3,000m indoors at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The double Olympic champion strode to a comfortable 7:42.00 to triumph in his only indoor race of 2013.

The 29-year-old eased ahead of France’s Florian Carvalho (7:45.77), while UK indoor 1,500m runner-up Lee Emanuel finished third with a 7:51.46 season’s best outside of the European Championship qualifying time.

“It was brilliant,” said Farah, who will next tackle a half-marathon in America next weekend.

“It was important that I tried to win my only indoor race, so that was good.

“I’ve got a lot of miles under my legs but we’re good. The crowd was really good today. We got great support from them, it was amazing.”

Tom Humphries placed fourth in 7:54.79 and James Wilkinson clocked a 7:57.90 personal best in sixth.

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Nigel Levine took the scalp of Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon with a 46.34 in the 400m, as fellow Brit Richard Strachan came third, registering a time of 46.78.

There were also British wins for Holly Bleasdale in the pole vault and long jumper Shara Proctor, as well as track victories for Michael Rimmer, Helen Clitheroe and Levine.

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