Mo Farah told to pick either the 5,000m or 10,000m

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BY Gary Smith, Track and Field Contributor | SportingAlert.com
Published on Jan. 18, 2012 7:06 p.m. CST . 0 comment

(Sporting Alert) — Mo Farah has been advised to concentrate on just one event at the London Olympic Games.

The Great Britain star, who won the gold medal over the 5,000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, last summer, is planning to do an Olympic Game 5,000m and 10,000m double in London this summer.

However, British track icon Mike McLeod, who won a silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and is Britain’s last Olympic medallist over 10,000m, has urged Farah to stick to just one event at the Games.

McLeod said, according to The Suns newspaper, “I would probably just go for one and put all my resources into that.

“He’s got a plan so he must be capable of running the two events. It depends how hard the final is of the first event.

“If he’s really stretched, close to world-record pace, that could have an effect on him.”

“Everybody expects him to just walk on to the track and pick up a gold. But it doesn’t work that way.”

Farah held off American Bernard Lagat and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia to strike gold in Daegu.

He owns a personal best of 12:53.11 for the 5000m and 26:46.57 over 10,000m.



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