sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed put behind him the disappointment of falling at the UK Championships to turn in a stunning performance last night in Sweden.
The 800 metre runner beat a strong field, including 2008 Olympic silver medallist Ismail Ismail of Sudan, at the Karlstad Grand Prix in a new personal best time of 1 minute 45.90 seconds.
It more than made up for the 20-year-old’s fall during the final 150 metres of his heat last Friday night in Birmingham, which saw his hopes of making Britain’s World Championship team suffer a blow.
However, after running on what his coach and brother Mustafa Mohammend described as “anger”, Mukhtar is on course to better the ‘A’ standard qualifying time of 1:45.40 at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in London.Mukhtar’s time is the third fastest by a British athlete this year.
Mustafa said: “He must have been running angry after being tripped at the trials. He was very down after that but he has beaten his personal best and he’s looking forward to London now.”
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis has confirmed she won’t be competing at the Diamond League meeting in London.