BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain--Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara (left/photo courtesy Nike) finished fourth in the two mile run at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix meeting Sunday, the twelfth stop in the season long IAAF Diamond League tour.
McNamara, who missed several meets in the early summer months, ran a personal best of 8:26.50 to get his second personal best of the season. McNamara ran 1:47.16 for 800m at the Portland Track Classic on June 15th before withdrawing from the nationals due to swelling in his foot.
Reigning world and Olympic champion Mo Farah won the race in a new British and IAAF Diamond League record time of 8:07.85.
In the rarely contested 600 meter run, Cas Loxsom of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished eighth in 1:16.48, as Kenya's David Rudisha ran a world leading time of 1:13.71.
2012 US Olympian and former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral finished eighth in the 3000 steeple, running 8:22.48, as Kenya's Jairus Birech won in a meet record 8:07.80.
Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts was 11th in the mile in a time of 3:54.10, as Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, a former Olympic champ and two-time world champion at 1500m won in a meet record of 3:51.89.
The IAAF Diamond League series now enters the final two meets of the season--the Weltklasse meet in Zürich on Thursday, and the Ivo Van Damme meeting in Brussels on September 5th.
Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin of Norway, a finalist at the European championships, is entered in the women's 1500 at the Weltklasse meet, as well as Seattle's Phoebe Wright. Wright is expected to run as a pacemaker for the field.