The good news is that Bobby Curtis ran aggressively over the final lap of the 2 mile at today's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, getting to the second spot with less than 100 meters to go. The bad news is that Curtis, whose optimal distance is much longer than 2 miles, was unable to hold off late chargers with better finishing speed in a race of that distance. Over all, Curtis did well in this slow-paced affair (the first mile was covered in approximately 4:19-4:20) -- after sticking near the back of the pack Curtis swung wide with perhaps 200 meters to go and bolted to the top of the chase pack. He was unable to hold second, dropping to 5th in a race where the top 7 finishers all crossed within 3 seconds of the winner, Olympic double gold medal winner Mo Farah. Inasmuch as the 2 mile distance is very rarely contested, virtually every one of the competitors set a new PR.
Aviva Birmingham GP -- Men's 2 Mile
1. FARAH Mo GBR 8:27.24 2. MEUCCI Daniele ITA 8:28.28 3. HEATH Garrett USA 8:29.43 4. MUTAHI Sammy KEN 8:29.57 5. CURTIS Bobby USA 8:29.83 6. KIPTOO Mark KEN 8:29.96 7. THOMPSON Chris GBR 8:30.19 8. TORRENCE David USA 8:34.27 9. MCCORMICK Nick GBR 8:35.24 10. TAYLOR Jonathan GBR 8:51.99 -- MURRAY Ross GBR DNF Intermediate times: 1618m Thompson, Chris (GBR) 4:21.07 2018m Thompson, Chris (GBR) 5:24.90 3018m Farah, Mo (GBR) 8:00.80