On Sunday, British runner Josh Kerr set a new men’s indoor two-mile world best at the Millrose Games in London. Kerr broke the previous record held by Mo Farah, another British athlete, with a time of 8 minutes and 0.67 seconds. This marks the second time in five days that a world record has been set at the Millrose Games, as Gabriela DeBues-Stafford of Britain shattered the women’s mark in the same event just days before.
Kerr’s victory came after a close finish with American runner Grant Fisher, who set an American standard with a time of 8:03.62. Kerr credited Fisher for playing a key role in his success, stating that he sat on him for much of the race and that Fisher did most of the work.
“It was always going to be really tough,” Kerr said after the race. “I wanted to make sure I lose as little energy as possible.” At 300 meters to go, Kerr knew that it was either now or never and pushed hard to break the world record. He ultimately crossed the finish line just ahead of Fisher and claimed victory and the new world record.
Kerr is a 26-year-old Scotsman who won last year’s 1,500m world outdoor title and took bronze in the event at the Tokyo Olympics. His performance at Millrose Games continues to showcase his strength and talent as one of Britain’s top distance runners.