Farah Nearly Missed The Bus In London

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 24, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM UTC
Mo Farah admits to lessons learned at his London Marathon "half" debut. Photo:

The double-Olympic gold medalist learned a lot about his race.

Last Sunday, Mo Farah had one mission: show up at the London Marathon and run the first half — really fast.

However, that nearly turned out to be a disaster for the Somali-born British citizen.

“I woke up late [and I thought] I’m going to miss the bus,” he recalled to the BBC in a recent interview.

Farah, who is coached by marathon legend Alberto Salazar, was using the London Marathon as a test run before he commits to the full distance next year.

“The biggest challenge [during the race] is picking up the drinks and making sure you pick up the right drink,” he admitted. “I made a mess of it. At one point I had to stop and go back for it. Things like that don’t help as you want to save energy.”

In the race, Farah was able to match wits with the lead pack. They ended up going out very fast — at world-record pace in the opening half.

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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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