Mo Farah, 31, left the field behind as he stormed home in a time of eight minutes 3.40 seconds – breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s previous record of 8:04.34.
Farah post-race with Phil Jones of the BBC:
“That was amazing. Training has been going well. I knew I could go close but I haven’t raced in so long. The pacemaker did well and the crowd was really behind me. I’m just so pleased.
“I couldn’t quite hear him (agent Ricky Simms yelling splits trackside) but with the crowd I could sense it (that I had a chance to get the record). It was an amazing atmosphere. With 200 meters to go, I saw the clock and I was like, ‘I need to run 30 seconds or under.’
“It definitely means a lot for me. I love representing my country and giving something back to them (the fans),” said Farah (who kissed the Union Jack on his singlet when introduced before the race) when asked about what this meant to him given the controversy surrounding him this week.
“It’s unbelievable [to have my first WR.] So many people have asked me, ‘When are you going to break the world record?’ I knew training had been going well. I wanted to do it.” The build-up to Saturday’s race had been dominated by a row with Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon.
Farah claimed Vernon had questioned his nationality after the double Olympic champion won European 10,000m gold in 2014, with Vernon describing that as a “huge, huge misrepresentation”.
The bad feeling clearly did not upset Farah on the track as he dominated the field in Birmingham, leaving American Bernard Lagat trailing as he powered away on the closing laps.