Wil­son Kip­sang’s warn­ing to Mo Farah

Athletics Weekly - - nEWS -

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


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