Wilson Kipsang’s warning to Mo Farah
WILSON KIPSANG believes Mo Farah needs to demonstrate patience during his marathon career if he is going to be a success.
The decorated Briton is turning his focus to the roads following the end of his track career and signed up to run the London Marathon for the second time in April but Kipsang insists too much can’t be expected too soon.
The former world recordholder Kipsang told AW at the Berlin Marathon: “When it comes to marathon I believe Mo Farah has to exercise some patience and come up slowly (through the ranks).
“If he wants to run 2:03-2:04 straight away, I am not sure he is going to make it. He needs to begin with a 2:06 and then 2:05 and gain experience. It is not the same as the track races he has been doing.”
Speaking at the launch of the new adidas adizero Sub2 shoe, Kipsang added: “Farah has done very well in the track but he has not been in a position to run as fast as Kenenisa Bekele’s world record times.
“He is consistent but not so fast (as Bekele). On the track he has not been in a position to (time) trial, or do it by himself for several laps. He is always waiting, waiting, waiting… while the other guys do the job at the front. And then in the last two laps he tries to win. So he is always in a position to go for a win and not a time.”
The 35-year-old Kenyan’s advice is garnered from years of experience. On the lessons learned during his own career, the London, New York City, Berlin and Tokyo marathon winner said: “What I have learned is that in the marathon you have to exercise some patience and secondly you have to be very strong in the mind.
“There are lots of challenges – from the start to the end – so you have to prepare very well and if you haven’t then it’s not easy to even finish. It consumes a lot of mental and physical strength.”
Can you train your mind to become stronger?
“Yes, it comes with age, experience and also from training,” he said.
Take your time: Wilson
Kipsang believes Mo Farah (inset) will have to build his marathon
speed up gradually