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Mo Farah Focusing On 10,000m At Worlds

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 2, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM UTC
Mo Farah thinks he's got a shot at the gold medal at this month's World Championships. Photo: Getty Images

Mo Farah thinks he's got a shot at the gold medal at this month's World Championships. Photo: Getty Images

He hopes to beat the great Kenenisa Bekele.

Even though he’s been tearing up the track in the 5,000 meters so far this summer, Britain’s best hope for a male distance medal at the World Championships later this month, Mo Farah, says he’s going for the 10,000m there.

Technically, the Somali-born Farah could double in both the 5000m and the 10,000m events, but he made his intentions known in an article in The Guardian on Sunday. “I’m definitely going to concentrate on one event and put all my eggs in one basket and that is the 10K,” he said, ”but we’ll see how it goes.”

Farah has some stiff competition awaiting him in this event in Daegu, South Korea–namely, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who is hoping to defend his 10,000m title.

Still, Farah believes he’s got a shot at gold. “I think there’s definitely a good chance,” said Farah. “It’s nice to have that confidence but running in championships and running fast times are very different. Bekele is a different class. He’s run 12:37 [for 5K] so he’s at a completely different level. But at the same time it would be nice to race someone who is so good.”

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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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