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 and 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.
In the same event, Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas broke the world record in the women’s two-mile race. With a time of 8:04.99, Charlton set a new British indoor record and beat Laura Muir’s previous mark of 8:15.26. Muir finished second and was promoted to first place after Ethiopia’s Medina Eisa was disqualified for cutting in too early on the opening lap. This win will help Muir as she prepares to compete for the world indoor title in Glasgow next month.
Kerr charged at the finish to win the men’s two-mile race, defeating Grant Fisher who set an American national record of 8:03.62. The previous world indoor best was set by Farah nine years ago at Birmingham. 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.