New Delhi: The poster boy of British athletics, Mo Farah on Sunday broke the European half marathon record by winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in Lisbon.
The Somali-born double-Olympic gold medalist (5000m and 10,000m) clocked 59:32 to become the first Briton to run under 60 mintes and improve Spaniard Fabian Roncero's record set in 2001 by 20 seconds.
The event was 31-year-old's first road race of the season. Starting as a favourite to win the 25th edition of the prestigious event, Farah calculated his run to perfection and waited until the halfway point to launch his attack.
The pace was set by the Kenyan pair of Micah Kogo and Stephen Kibet, but after the halfway point Farah took control of the race with some 18km to the finish line.
Kogo arrived second, two seconds after Farah while Kibet settled for third place in 59:55.
However, Farah missed the world record, also happened to be set on this course by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010 with a timing of 58:23.
In the women's section, Kenya’s Rose Chelimo won with a timing of 1:08:22, ahead of Portugal’s Sarah Moreira and compatriot Priscah Jeptoo.