There have been quite a few people – press and spectators alike – who have ‘worried’ about Mo Farah in his recent outings. Steve Cram’s comments in mid-March, were typical of the concern that was being expressed about Mo’s form when he failed to win four races on the bounce. You can read Cram’s piece here.
But at the USATF High Performance meeting in Eagle Rock, California, on Friday night, Mo ran two races that must have given those thinking Mo is struggling, something to think about.
He started with a very satisfying 1500m victory in 3:34.66, just half-a-second outside his PB of 3:33.98.
Then just 56 minutes later he won the 5,000m which he won in a 2012 European-leading time of 13:12.87.
Let me repeat that: he won the 1500m in 3:34.66 and then less than an hour later won the 5000m in 13:12.87 – the fastest time by a European this year.
What is more extraordinary still is that he won the 5000m wearing racing flats, not spikes, having only entered to help pace his Oregon Track Club team mates round.
After the race Mo was reported to say
“It felt good so I thought I would just finish it. I was just trying to help out my team mates. I feel good, it felt alright, I just hope Alberto (Salazar, his coach) gives me an easy day tomorrow”
All this comes just before Mo comes to London tomorrow to defend his title at the Bupa London 10,000 in the British capital, racing against our marathon hero Scott Overall.
So I for one think that Mo has proven that his losing a few races last year is not a sign of something more significant. As with many of us less super-human athletes, a dip in form is just that: a dip. There is always a way back and Mo has shown us how to do it in style!