Ver­non mocks Mo Farah

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

Andy Ver­non has re­opened a feud with Mo Farah ( pic­tured) af­ter the Olympic cham­pion won World Cham­pi­onship gold in the 10,000m.

Euro­pean 10,000m sil­ver medal­list Ver­non was not se­lected for the event, with Farah Great Bri­tain’s only run­ner.

Per­for­mance di­rec­tor Neil Black has said the pair’s past dis­putes were not fac­tors in the de­ci­sion, but Ver­non’s latest barb ap­peared to chal­lenge that.

“Great to hear you love to rep­re­sent your coun­try,” he tweeted. “Thank you for stop­ping me do the same.”

Farah and Ver­non’s most re­cent dis­pute came in July, when Ver­non said Farah had sworn at him and re­fused to shake his hand af­ter a Diamond League meet­ing in Lausanne.

That fol­lowed a dis­agree­ment in Fe­bru­ary, when So­ma­lia-born Farah claimed 29-year-old Ver­non had said he did not de­serve his 2014 Euro­pean 10,000m gold be­cause he was not Euro­pean.

The dis­pute es­ca­lated on so­cial media, with Farah call­ing his ri­val an “em­bar­rass­ment” be­fore fol­low­ing up with the com­ment: “Tay­lor Swift can prob­a­bly run faster than you.”

When the pair raced in at last month’s Diamond League meet­ing in Lausanne, Farah won the 5,000m in 13 min­utes 11.77 sec­onds with Ver­non fin­ish­ing 15th in 13:47.97. — BBC

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