Farah set for fi­nal dou­ble ti­tle blast

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Bri­tish ath­let­ics leg­end Mo Farah will hope he brings the cur­tain down on his track ca­reer with a third suc­ces­sive dou­ble world gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 me­tres in Lon­don in Au­gust.

The 34-year-old, who was named in both events in the Bri­tish team se­lec­tion un­veiled yes­ter­day, will com­pete on the track where he so mem­o­rably won dou­ble Olympic gold in 2012 when it was then the Olympic Sta­dium.

The host na­tion will be hop­ing a pas­sion­ate home crowd will en­able a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced team to at least match their 2015 world cham­pi­onship haul of seven medals. Farah-who be­gan his world gold medal haul with gold in the 5000 in 2011 and sil­ver in the 10000 — is the stand­out name in the Bri­tish team with fel­low 2012 Olympic cham­pion Greg Ruther­ford the other proven cham­pion in the squad.

Ruther­ford, who is also the de­fend­ing world cham­pion, will hope to have fully re­cov­ered from the an­kle in­jury that ruled him out of last Sun­day’s Di­a­mond League meet­ing at the same sta­dium. “This feels big­ger for us than Rio,” said Neil Black, the per­for­mance di­rec­tor for Bri­tish Ath­let­ics.

“We’ve se­lected some in­cred­i­bly tal­ented ath­letes, and in many events there have been some close calls. “It’s now up to them to grasp this op­por­tu­nity and pro­duce per­for­mances that will make the whole na­tion proud.”

Of the ath­leties hop­ing one day to as­pire to such heights the most eye-catch­ing is Scot­tish dis­tance run­ner Laura Muir, who will com­pete in both the 1500m and 5000m. There was dis­ap­point­ment for sprinter Adam Gemili, who just missed out on a 200m Olympic medal last year, as the 23-year-old paid for his sixth place in the Bri­tish tri­als and saw the last spot go to Zhar­nel Hughes. Gemili doesn’t miss out al­to­gether as he will com­pete in the 4x100m re­lay team. — AFP

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