Saturday, June 4, 2011

Al Sal's Mo Farah dominates the Pre Classic 10,000

Did anyone else watch this live? Before the race, Renato Canova (coach of Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop, etc and expert running physiologist) basically said that none of the athletes that train in America (Abdi, Rupp, Solinsky, and Farah, who is a UK citizen) had much chance of winning. All the Americans are losers, so Abdi and Rupp didn't start and Solinsky dropped out a little after 3000m, but Farah ran super smart though and made his way through the pack, taking the lead with 3 laps to go and dropping the hammer with 250 to go, which no-one could respond to. Mo is such a class act and was such an underdog going in that it was pretty incredible to see him tear apart Imane Merga, Zersenay Tadese, Paul Tanui, Mark Kiptoo, etc. His half marathon debut this Spring was 60:23 for the win at NYC half (not a super fast course) and he just today dropped his 10,000m time from 27:28 to 26:46, so I think the marathon world ought to be pretty scared when he moves up.

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