Personal best for Sunderland Harrier Oliver in America

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OLIVER JAMES clocked a personal best for the one mile when competing in the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in the United States.

The Sunderland Harrier, on an athletics scholarship, finished second, recording 4min 10.71sec. He had clocked 4.13.35 when winning at Lake Charles in Los Angeles at the end of January.

Sparrow Morley finished third in his heat in the 800m (1.57.46) and then failed to finish in the semi-finals in the British Students Indoor Championships at Sheffield.

The Sunderland Harrier then qualified for the finals of the 1500m after two rounds, recording 4.13.58 and 4.05.16.

Clubmate Nathan Reed failed to progress in the 3000m after finishing third in his heat (8.48.49).

At the Gateshead indoor meeting, Houghton under-17 Jake Philpott won the 100m (7.49sec), with Sunderland Harrier Declan Murray second (7.61).

Houghton’s Ben Mitchell was second in the junior shot (12.15m).

Meanwhile, Mo Farah has apologised for his Twitter spat with fellow 5,000m and 10,000m runner Andy Vernon, saying he has learned a lot from the episode.

Farah was involved in a lengthy heated exchange with Vernon last week, during which he called his Great Britain team-mate ‘’an embarrassment’’.

“I’ve definitely learned a lot. I apologise to all the fans and the public out there,” the 31-year-old said.

He had been responding after Vernon, who earned his best career result to date when he was second to Farah in the European 10,000m last summer, criticised the lack of high-level competition to face Farah in Birmingham on Saturday.

Farah added: “I shouldn’t have made the comments I did.

“To be honest with you, I reacted... my reaction got the best of me - 100 per cent. I apologise and we’ve just got to move on.”

Fired up by the public feud, which saw Somali-born Farah’s claims his team-mate questioned his nationality branded ‘’lies’’ by his rival, the double Olympic champion roared to a new world indoor best of eight minutes 03.40 seconds over two miles at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.