The decorated Olympians could race over 600 meters in the near future.
Mo Farah vs. Usain Bolt.
It would be the dream race of track & field fans everywhere.
If Farah — the British runner who won gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m at the London Olympics last summer — gets his way, he will line up against the prolific sprinter in a charity race.
Bolt, as you probably know, has won three gold medals at each of the last two Olympics — in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. He and Farah are friends and have the same agent. At the London Games, they playfully posed in each other’s signature moves: Bolt making a large “M” with his body, and Farah pointing skyward at an angle.
The pair was at London’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games over the weekend when Farah challenged Bolt, who hails from Jamaica, to a charity race. Farah proposed that it would be 600 or 800 meters.
“Are you up for that?” Farah asked Bolt. “Come on, you’ve got to do it. Let’s get it on.”
Bolt seemed to like the idea.
“It sounds like fun,” Bolt said. “It would be tough, but for charity. 600 would be better for me.”
There’s no word on whether or not the race will actually happen, but it seems likely that it could work out because of the pair’s friendship. Although it certainly won’t happen until after the IAAF World Championships, scheduled for Aug. 10-18 in Moscow.