Mo Farah cruises to victory on home farewell

Champion Barshim joins star cast in Birmingham

Sir Mo Farah triumphed at the Diamond League in Birmingham as he signed off with his final track race in Britain.

The 34-year-old Farah, who is quitting track to focus on marathon running, won in 7 minutes, 38.64 seconds.

This race wasn't Mo's last on the track; he will race in the IAAF Diamond League next week in Zurich.

"Emotions have been high coming into this event - not as much as (the 2012 Olympics in) London but it is my last time at home and I really enjoyed it", said Farah, who paid tribute to the home fans.

Mo Farah clocked 56.89 seconds over the last lap to ease away from Spain's runner-up Adel Mechaal. "I've had some incredible support throughout my career and they have followed my journey so thank you". All I ever dreamed of was competing for Britain. "It's going to be different but I'm excited", he said.

I want to continue to see what I can do on the road without having a target on your back and the pressure.

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Elsewhere, Kyle Langford finished sixth in the 800m behind victor Nijel Amos, world silver medallist Adam Kszczot and British rival Elliot Giles, while world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim set a new meeting record and world lead with a winning jump of 2.40m.

Birmingham has been good to me and the crowd especially have been unbelievable.

Other world champions to thrive were Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi, who won her 12th consecutive pole vault competition (4.75 metres) and Ramil Guliyev, Turkey's surprise 200 metres victor, who again forged away strongly from a quality field to win in 20.17 seconds.

Perković's winning throw, which she threw in her 3rd attempt in the final, was more than 2 metres further than that of silver medal victor Denia Caballero from Cuba (65.24 metres). But just as at the Diamond League meeting in London earlier this year, the Spaniard was left trailing by Farah's formidable kick for home.

Dafne Schippers, world 200m champion, will renew her rivalry with silver medallist Marie Josee Ta Lou in a 100m race that also includes London's 110m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and British-record holder Dina Asher-Smith.

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