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Thanks To Farah, Brits Taking A Keen Interest In Salazar

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 26, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM UTC
Mo Farah is responding well to the training of former New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar. Photo: Getty Images

Mo Farah is responding well to the training of former New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar. Photo: Getty Images

The Somali-born British runner continues to improve under the guidance of his new coach.

One not need look further than last Friday’s Diamond League Meeting in Monaco to understand that British distance-running ace Mo Farah is on a roll. On that day in the men’s 5000m race, he defeated the likes of Bernard Lagat and a whole host of East Africans to win the race.

What’s Farah’s secret?

Some would say it has to do with Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar.

Since January, Farah has been coached by the former New York City and Boston Marathon champion. The British newspaper, The Independent, writes that Salazar “uses all manner of space-age equipment to supplement the staple diet of 100-plus miles a week…as well as the various treadmills, the Cryosauna blasts liquid nitrogen at up to -300F, while he also has shockwave therapy machines.”

Salazar likes to compare racing to war.

“The soldier has to learn how to fight and do everything – be physically fit, be a one-man army,” he said. “But then you try and equip him with every bit of top science – everything you can – to keep him alive. That’s what we do.”

For More: The Independent

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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