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Prepares for 5,000m final in London
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:30:26 AM »
His four Olympic gold medals were dedicated to each of his children. This one, he wants for his whole family. “They are everything to me,” he said. “I love my four kids and I love my wife. They’ve been there through ups and Andre Hal Authentic Jersey downs throughout my career. If I’m going to close in London I wanted them to be a part of it to celebrate with me. That’s what we do – we do everything together.”
Farah will soon have more time to spend with them. He has only two more races left on the track after London, in Birmingham next Sunday and in Zurich four days later – where he hopes to set a personal best over 5,000m – and then he will leave it all behind to become a pure road racer. According to track and field’s rumour mill a one- or two-year deal with the London Marathon is also in the pipeline, although suggestions he will leave Salazar and form a new coaching team with the UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, and the head of endurance, Barry Fudge, have been dismissed by all parties.
In the past Farah hinted at the prospect of running in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. Yet given his first attempt over 26.2 miles in 2014 was a modest 2:08.21 – over a minute outside Steve Jones’s British record – there are some wise heads who would not be shocked by a return to the track in time for the 10,000m at the 2019 world championships.
That assumes, of course, his body holds up – and that he can still crank out a sub-50sec 400m in training, which is his personal barometer that he is in gold medal shape. Given he will be 36 in 2019, you would assume it would be beyond him. But, as his opponents have learned, Farah has a way of defying expectations.
Whatever happens when Mo Farah steps on to the track for the final time at a major Ahkello Witherspoon Authentic Jersey championships on Saturday night, he will leave it knowing no British athlete has been so staggeringly successful – or had their achievements so forcibly questioned. As he put it to one interrogator last month, when asked again about the continuing United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into his coach, Alberto Salazar: “It is getting boring now.”
Winning, however, is something Farah will never grow weary of. When he surged clear to take 10,000m gold last week it was his 11th consecutive world or Olympic title, going back to 2011. That is a remarkable record – especially when you consider his global dominance began only a few months shy of his 29th birthday.
Yet the steady supply of gold medals has never made him complacent. The bookmakers make him the overwhelming favourite for the 5,000m but he sees dangers lurking everywhere, and particularly from the Ethiopian trio of Yomif Kejelcha, Muktar Edris and Selemon Barega, and from Paul Chelimo, the American who ran him close during last year’s Olympic final. “I want to leave on a high but it is going to be tough,” he said. “There are a lot more guys in the 5,000m and a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race.