Sam Atkins broke Mo Farah’s British 3000m Indoor record at the John Thomas Terrier Classic event held on Friday (27) at the Boston University track.
The 29 year-old took off fifteen seconds from the previous record of 7:33.1 that had been set in 2016 by the four times Olympic champion and setting the fastest 3000m (indoors or out) by a UK athlete in history as (Farah’s) outdoor record was 7:32.62.
The race was won by American Yared Nuguse, in a time of 7:28.24 with the Grimsby-born US-based athlete coming home second with the new British National record.
“The race plan was to sit on Nuguse and see what I could do. It went well,” said Atkin.
Speaking to letsrun.com, he added: “I wish I’d gone a little bit earlier but I can’t complain as it’s a British record.
“It’s a good first win of the season.”
Atkins who holds two degrees in sports administration and business management, represented Britain in the 10,000m race at the Tokyo Olympic, but did not finish as he suffered an injury mid-race.
Sam Atkin with a truly monstrous run in Boston as the Puma athlete clocks a stunning British 3000m record of 7:31.97 🔥
It’s the fastest 3000m (indoors or outdoors) by a British athlete in history 🇬🇧
He also knocks 15 seconds off his indoor 3000m PB 🤯 pic.twitter.com/ZdnG7wl0bH
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) January 27, 2023