Tom Mortimer breaks championships record in Poland
Tom Mortimer, on his GB debut, was part of the greatest 5000m Super League race of all time, with 4 runners breaking the Super League record. Mortimer finished 4th but over 8s under the Super League record, which Mo Farah won twice for GB.
Tom totally emptied his tank in Poland over 9.5 laps staying with a strong pace and leading at times to keep it going. He was rewarded with a big PB, not only for himself but also for the French and Spanish runners in 2nd and 3rd place.
Tom finished 2 places above his predicted finishing place, delivering 2 additional point for the GB team and leaving GB topping the league after day one by 0.5 points ahead of Germany.
The French and Spanish runners who were tiring asked Tom to inject some more pace at 9.5 laps but Tom was a spent force by then and dropped back a lap later. The Italian and pre-race favourite kicked away to win smashing the record by 18s. Now desperately tired it was Tom against the clock and he was rewarded with a time of 13.28.12s, a PB by 11.67s!
He is the fastest U23 in Europe in 2021, and 2.4s faster that Mo Farah at the same age, and Tom has the bonus of the Commonwealth Games entry standard for next year in his back pocket.
Tom will now prepare for the European U23 trial race at Watford on the 12th June, where he will be joined by U17 Lexie Bull putting the final touches to her 800m before the English Schools finals at the beginning of July.
(Report by Tom’s coach, Chris Brown)