British women’s runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford shattered the world record in the two-mile event at the Millrose Games on Sunday, beating her own previous mark of 8 minutes 1.20 seconds set last year. This was only five days after British men’s runner Josh Kerr set a new men’s indoor two-mile world best of 8 minutes 0.67 seconds, also at the Millrose Games.
Last year, DeBues-Stafford set the world best on her way to winning a 3,000m indoor title, while Mo Farah set the previous men’s record in 2015. The women’s mark was broken by DeBues-Stafford after she ran a strong race and overtook her American rival Grant Fisher at the finish line.
Kerr defeated Fisher in a close finish, setting an American standard of 8:03.62, but he gave credit to his rival for playing a key role in breaking his own world record. He said that it was always going to be tough with small margins and that he wanted to make sure he lost as little energy as possible until it was time to make his move towards the finish line. He pushed hard for the victory and praised Fisher for his strength and pacing throughout the race.
Kerr is a 26-year-old Scotsman who won last year’s 1,500m world outdoor title and took bronze in that event at the Tokyo Olympics.