Butchart ex­cited by Farah rivalry

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Sport -

ATH­LET­ICS: Mo Farah has put Andy Butchart on no­tice that his re­turn to the track means he is plan­ning to top­ple him off his 5,000me­tres perch.

The 28-year-old Scot has spent lock­down re­cov­er­ing from surgery af­ter catch­ing a break when the Olympics were post­poned by 12 months.

How­ever, Butchart (be­low) is primed to fend off a fresh chal­lenge from Farah, who plans to re­turn to the track af­ter three years off. ‘He wants to take the throne again,’ said Butchart. If the Di­a­mond League does man­age to restart in Au­gust, the close chums are set to go head-to­head once again as 37-year-old Farah tests whether or not he can tame his younger ri­vals.

‘Hav­ing Sir Mo in the line-up could be a spur for us both,’ Butchart told the Sean Fon­tana pod­cast. ‘I want to beat him as much as he wants to beat me. It’s an in­di­vid­ual sport. I’m not there to hold his hand and he’s not there to hold mine.’

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