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Salazar Wants Mo Farah To Be A “Cold Clinician”

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 8, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Alberto Salazar thinks his athlete, Mo Farah, has chance to win two Olympic golds next year in London. Photo: Telegraph

He thinks his athlete has a shot at two Olympic gold medals.

Alberto Salazar thinks his athlete, Mo Farah, has chance to win two Olympic golds next year in London. Photo: Telegraph

American coach Alberto Salazar is very pleased with athlete Mo Farah. After all, the Somali-born British runner just won gold in the World Championship 5000m. But what does Salazar, the former American marathoner, think of Farah’s prospects for the 2012 Olympics, which are being held in Farah’s hometown?

“We don’t want Mo to get too excited,” he said. “We don’t want the fact that there are 80,000 people there to force him to pull the trigger too quick. Our job is to dissociate him from the emotion as much as possible, to stay calm and stick to the race plan. The more of a cold clinician he is, the better.”

Salazar is “absolutely confident” that his athlete can win both the 10,000m and the 5,000m Olympic gold.

Since he switched coaches to Salazar and came to the United States, Farah’s fortunes have transformed for the better.

So what’s  next for Farah? He will either run at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on September 16 or take part in the two-mile road race at the Great North Run the following day. After that, Farah will take a two-week break.

For More: Telegraph

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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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