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Mo Faces His Toughest Test

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Mo Farah has said that if he wins the London marathon it would be bigger than winning Olympic gold. He has also said he will be disappointed if he does not break the 29 year-old British record held by Steve Jones. After finishing one second behind Kenenisa Bekele in the Great North Run half-marathon, it must give him confidence to see Bekele win the Paris marathon in a course record 2:05:03. Of course it was not an Ethiopian record, which is the former World record 2:03:59 held by the great Haile Gerselassie, the pacemaker for Sunday’s race.

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Farah Falls And Finishes Second

Farah Finishes Second

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1. Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 1:00:50
2. Mo Farah (GBR) 1:01:07
3. Stephen Sambu (KEN) 1:01:08

1. Sally Kipyego (KEN) 1:08:31 (course record)
2. Buzunesh Deba (ETH) 1:08:59
3. Molly Huddle (USA) 1:09:04

I had to smile when I saw the headline, ‘Mo Finishes Second And Fails To Break British Record.’ The race was done in temperatures just below freezing, Mo was tripped and fell just before 10K, the first 5K was slow and he passed out at the finish after feeling dizzy! It shows Mo’s ability to push himself to the limit and reminds people that it’s not a time trial, it’s a race with world class athletes trying to beat Mo. Mutai has been under 60 minutes six times. If he had won and broken his British record (60:59) with a sub one hour time, the hype leading up to the London Marathon would have been along the lines of Mo winning the London Marathon in a World record. Maybe this result was meant to be, and makes the expectations more realistic. Mo said later that he had blurred vision the last few miles but was feeling good. “I just tried so hard. It’s no big deal.” It’s also worth remembering that Mutai has actually run the fastest marathon ever, 2:03:02, but it was done in Boston, so does not qualify as an official time.

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Will A British Man Ever Win The London Marathon Again?

Will A British Man Ever Win The London Marathon Again?

Neil Wilson put this question to Britain’s greatest marathon runners in 2010. Steve Jones won the Chicago marathon in a World record 2:08:05 in 1984 on his debut! He returned a year later and won again in a British record 2:07:13, missing by one second the new WR set by Olympic champion Carlos Lopes! The British record has lasted almost 30 years. He also won the London marathon earlier that year. The last British man to win the London marathon was Eamonn Martin in 1993.

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New York Half Marathon

New York Half Mararathon

Mo starts his season in New York on Sunday.

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Mo Ready For Marathon Debut

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Mo Ready For Marathon Debut

After three months brutal training in Kenya, Mo Farah will run the New York Half-Marathon on March 16, as he prepares for his marathon debut in London. Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest distance runner ever, and former World record-holder in the marathon, has agreed to be the pacemaker in London. Mo has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, which takes place on March 26.

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World Athletics Championships

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

World Athletics Championships

London will host the 2017 World Athletics Championships and Birmingham will host the 2018 World Indoor Athletics Championships. Mo makes his marathon debut in London on April 13. He will face Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich and World record holder Wilson Kipsang. Could be a classic.

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Double Olympic/World Champion

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Double Olympic/World Champion

In 2013 Mo Farah completed a dream ‘double-double,’ joining Kenenisa Bekele as the only athletes to hold the Olympic and World 5000 and 10000 metres titles at the same time. He confirmed his legendary status by passing the Holy Trinity of British Athletics, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram, breaking Cram’s 28 year – old British record for 1500 metres with 3:28.81! He already holds the British records for 5000 metres (12:53.11) and 10000 metres (26:46.57).

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