In his second race back since doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar surfaced, Mo Farah clocked 3:28.93 at the Diamond League 1500m in Monaco on Friday.
He finished just 0.12 seconds outside his European record from 2013 and now holds the fastest two times ever by a European.
But Farah proved no match for double world champion and 2008 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop, who raced clear to win in 3:26.69, making him the third fastest man in history.
Kiprop’s time was only seven-tenths of a second outside Hicham El Guerrouj’s 17-year-old world record.
Following the race, Farah said the experience had been beneficial as he builds up to defend his 10,000m title at the World Championships in Beijing on 22 August, with the 5,000m final six days later.
‘It was good to be in that company. I just could not close that gap on Asbel,’said the double Olympic champion. ‘Coming here I wanted to run hard, not just a race and it worked.’
But he is as yet unsure if he will compete over the 5,000m in Beijing. ‘I will do the 10,000m for sure and then we will see about the 5,000m,’ he added.