MO FOUGHT RIGHT TO THE FINISH
THERE was certainly no easing into track retirement for Mo Farah, with his remarkable career coming to a quite brilliant end in Zürich just a few days ago.
What has been clearly evident during the past few years is the Briton’s will to win – again and again and again. That same desire has been very much on show in the summer of 2017 too.
Some had questioned if he really needed to take on the Diamond League challenge at all but, in the way he eye-poppingly stretched every fibre of himself to hit the line first and also in the jubilant chestbeating which followed, it was clear that defeating Muktar Edris and co had had absolutely nothing to do with having one more pay day.
The Ethiopian had, of course, denied Farah a golden goodbye in the world championships 5000m but it was in London, too, when the man who had to settle for silver revealed a little more of his character.
In the closing stages Farah knew he was beaten but, rather than down tools, he gave everything he had to make sure he clung on to second place.
It was a fine demonstration to any aspiring athletes looking on of the importance of giving it your all and pertinent given that so many teenagers were competing across England and Scotland in particular last weekend.
I had the pleasure of covering the Scottish Championships in Grangemouth, where another fine role model was to be found.
Laura Muir might currently be very much occupied by the last year of her veterinary degree but the British 1500m record holder was there to support friends, present medals and cause the kind of positive stir amongst the next generation which can have such a long-lasting and powerful effect.
Above: Mo Farah’s desire to finish first set him apart (Mark Shearman) Cover: CJ Ujah wins the 100m in Zürich while (inset) Mo Farah takes the 5000m (JP Durand)