Cram: Dou­ble at­tempt at Glas­gow is too much for Farah

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - MARK WOODS

MO FARAH would be crazy to go for dou­ble gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to Steve Cram.

Farah, the two-time Olympic cham­pion, is still lick­ing his wounds af­ter fin­ish­ing eighth in the Lon­don Marathon on Sun­day and has pledged to take his time to de­cide whether to com­pete in Glas­gow.

Once re­cov­ered, Farah will con­fer with his coach Al­berto Salazar to plan out his track sea­son, yet he could opt in­stead to fo­cus on de­fend­ing his Euro­pean 5000 and 10000 me­tres ti­tle in Zurich in Au­gust.

Cram, who did the Euro­pean/ Com­mon­wealth dou­ble in 1982 be­fore re­peat­ing the feat four years later, be­lieves the Lon­doner must guard against burnout. “It’s not hard if you’re an 800 and 1500m run­ner, ” claimed the for­mer world cham­pion on a visit to Any­time Leisure. “It is hard if you’re a 5000 and 10,000m run­ner. I’d ex­pect all our 800 and 1500 people to do both. [With] the 5 and 10, you have to be a bit smart. You can’t run two marathons in three weeks. Even two 10,000m will be hard.

“You could do a 5 and 10, per­haps, but it’s not easy. Paula Rad­cliffe in 2002 did the 10,000m at the Euro­peans and 5000m at the Com­mon­wealths, so that’s an op­tion, but you cer­tainly wouldn’t dou­ble up in both.”

It has been con­firmed Farah will com­pete on the sec­ond day of July’s Di­a­mond League meet­ing at Ham­p­den Park, with the 100m, which could fea­ture Usain Bolt, slated for Fri­day’s open­ing ses­sion.

Mean­while, Andrew Butchart be­lieves the strength of the field in to­day’s Mt Sac In­vi­ta­tional in Cal­i­for­nia can spur him to land Scot­land’s 1500m qual­i­fy­ing mark for Glas­gow. The Perthshire-based run­ner will face Kris Gau­son in the meet­ing with the pair among sev­eral Scots who have trav­elled to the USA in search of Com­mon­wealth stan­dards.

“With my pb at 3.44, I do think it is pos­si­ble,” Butchart said. “With Chris O’Hare al­ready selected and the likes of David Bishop and Kris Gau­son in there as well, it will be very tough to make the se­lec­tion but, at the mo­ment, I’m just look­ing to try to make the time and see if that is enough. You have to give it a go.”

The Scot­tish record holder Jax Thoirs will face his chief ri­val Gre­gor Ma­clean in the pole vault while Sarah Benson bids for the re­quired mark in the 3000m steeple­chase.

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