03 JAN 2012 General News Boston, USA

Farah, Suhr and Uceny join Boston indoor fields

Morgan Uceny en route to a 4:00.06 world lead in Brussels (Gladys Chai van der Laage)Morgan Uceny en route to a 4:00.06 world lead in Brussels (Gladys Chai van der Laage) © Copyright

World champion Mo Farah, pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and 1500m ace Morgan Uceny have joined the field for the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on 4 February.


Farah, the 2011 World champion at 5000m, is one of Great Britain’s brightest hopes for gold at next summer’s Olympic Games in London.   Farah, who also won silver at 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea, owns six British national records on the track and roads, and is the reigning European Champion at 5000m and 10,000m.  He was a finalist for the BBC’s popular Sports Personality of the Year award presented on 22 December in London.  Last year’s 3000m race in Boston showcased Farah and Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel.  The race didn’t disappoint arena ticket buyers but Farah did suffer one of his only losses of the year as he was narrowly outkicked by Gebremeskel, 7:35.37 to 7:35.81.  


Suhr has dominated US women’s pole vaulting in recent years, having won 10 national titles since 2005. In 2011, she set an indoor American record at the USA Indoor Championships, posted major victories at Samsung Diamond League events in London and Zurich, and had the highest vault in the world. Suhr, who has twice broken an American Record at the Reggie Lewis Center, said, "I am already looking forward to returning to the Reggie Lewis Center, one of my favorite places to compete."


Uceny ended 2011 as one of the finest 1500m runners in the world after a campaign that included a USA outdoor title, three Samsung Diamond League victories and the fastest time of the year at 1500m. Uceny recovered from a disappointing fall in the World Championship final and recorded a victory over all of the medalists from Daegu at the Brussels Samsung Diamond League meet, a win that also allowed her to claim the Samsung Diamond Race Trophy in the event. In Boston she will compete in the 1000m. The U.S. record for 1000m is 2:34.19 and was set by Jennifer Toomey in 2004.


The 17th annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on 4 February at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College near Boston.


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