Farah’s Season Off To Flying Start

Mo Farah defeated Dathan Ritzenhein in the 5000m last weekend in Los Angeles. Photo: www.photorun.net

He dusted the field of 20 runners in the men’s 5000m.

British double-Olympic gold medalist continues to shine on the roads and tracks. The recent proof of his fine form came last weekend in California at the Oxy Track and Field meeting in Los Angeles.

True to his past performances, Farah sat back in the pack of 20 runners and didn’t win the race until the final lap, when he opened up with a monster kick.

Farah clocked a relatively pedestrian time of 13:15.68.

American Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein was second in 13:17.38. Australian-record holder Ben St. Lawrence was third in 13:18.81.

The Somali-born Farah is currently coached by American distance-running champion Alberto Salazar. He lives and trains in Portland, Ore. alongside Nike teammate Galen Rupp.

The highlight of the meet didn’t come from Farah, however. In the women’s 1500m, Mary Cain, just 17, came in second. Her time of 4:04.62 shattered the U.S. junior record, which had been 4:09.10. Suzy Favor Hamilton set it back in 1987.

For More: The Courier

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