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|Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:26 am Post subject: Mo Farah faces his rivals and critics as he
|Whatever happens when Mo Farah steps on to the track for the final time at a major championships on Saturday night, he will leave it knowing no British athlete has been so staggeringly successful – or had their achievements so forcibly questioned. As he put it to one Dave Parker Authentic Jersey interrogator last month, when asked again about the continuing United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into his coach, Alberto Salazar: “It is getting boring now.”
Winning, however, is something Farah will never grow weary of. When he surged clear to take 10,000m gold last week it was his 11th consecutive world or Olympic title, going back to 2011. That is a remarkable record – especially when you consider his global http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/Andrew_Mccutchen_Jersey dominance began only a few months shy of his 29th birthday.
Yet the steady supply of gold medals has never made him complacent. The bookmakers make him the overwhelming favourite for the 5,000m but he sees dangers lurking everywhere, and particularly from the Ethiopian trio of Yomif Kejelcha, Muktar Edris and Selemon Barega, and from Paul Chelimo, the American who ran him close during last year’s Olympic final. “I want to leave on a high but it is going to be tough,” he said. “There are a lot more guys in the 5,000m and a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race.
“In the 10,000m you’ve got 25 laps so you can relax a little bit if you’re Dale Hawerchuk Womens Jersey further back. In the 5,000m, if you’re not there at a certain point, or if someone’s going to do something and you’re not there, that’s it – it’s gone.”
Farah admitted this last big track race will be emotional but he is careful these days not to reveal too much of himself. The persistent drizzle of accusations about Salazar and his relationship with the controversial Somali coach Jama Aden, as well as the leak of some of his athlete http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/authentic-18-danny-gare-jersey.html biological passport data by the Russian hackers Fancy Bears, have made him more watchful and less carefree – at least in public.
Those who know him well insist he is still the same athlete who once upon a time jumped off bridges for a bet and occasionally got into mischief. Certainly Farah, who was born in Somalia and moved to Britain when he was eight, has not forgotten how fortunate his journey has been.
“I think I’m a very lucky person in life,” he said. “I have a gift not many people have – to be able to know who I was and where I came from as a youngster. I don’t think there’s enough words to explain the journey and everything. But you have to appreciate what you have and do the best that I can. That’s what I was taught in my early years. To appreciate it.”
He had a simple answer when asked what apart from hard work and luck – had kept him on top. “To be honest, it is about staying hungry, staying humble, being nice, being normal, being who you are,” he said. “No one is going to change me.”