Mo Farah’s New American Experience

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 2, 2011
  • Updated Dec. 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM UTC
Mo Farah trains on one of Alberto Salazar's secret weapons. Photo: PR Web

He’s been breaking records since he “jumped the pond.”

Mo Farah trains on one of Alberto Salazar's secret weapons, the underwater treadmill. Photo: PR Web

When British running superstar Mo Farah switched coaches to Alberto Salazar and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, he wanted to take his running to a new level.

He calls that new level the “extra one to two percent” needed to become the best in the world.

It seems to be working out for him.

At his new home in Oregon, Farah is being exposed to an enormous regimen of Salazar’s unusual training techniques: secret underwater treadmills, zero gravity running machines, and air thinning sleeping tents.

Salazar’s approach is so controversial that the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) considered banning some of his methods a few years ago.

“We are doing stuff other countries don’t know about – and it gives us an advantage,” said Salazar, a former New York and Boston Marathon champion. “We all know what’s right and what’s wrong. [But] however you can train better, that’s great.”

Salazar maintains that his athlete is clean and that Farah was drug tested 20 times last year.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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