MO FOUGHT RIGHT TO THE FIN­ISH

Athletics Weekly - - News - Euan Crum­ley, edi­to­rial director

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)

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