Many Mo’ challenges remain

If winning two Olympic titles has blunted Mo Farah’s ambition, here are 10 targets AW’s editor would love to see him tackle

Posted on January 17, 2013 by
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Mo Farah (Mark Shearman)

Mo Farah has signed up to race 3000m at the British Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 16. It will be his only indoor race of 2013 and he is sure to be the star attraction of the meeting.

But what other challenges remain for the man who seemingly achieved everything last summer with his Olympic 5000m and 10,000m double?

Here are ten goals I’d love to see him shoot for…

» UK indoor records are there for the taking. Peter Elliott has held the top British 1500m (3:34.20) and mile (3:52.02) marks for more than 20 years. Farah could put them out of sight for a further 20 years.

» Win the world cross country title. Farah was 21st in Bydgoszcz in 2010 and arguably the most competitive footrace on earth returns to the Polish city in March. Tempting, surely?

» Capture the world 5000m and 10,000m titles in Moscow this summer, which includes the defence of his 12-and-a-half-lap title.

» Knock more off his PBs of 12:53.11 for 5000m and 26:46.57. The world records, by the way, are 12:37.35 and 26:17.53.

» Take on the world’s top milers at least once this year. I’m sure Farah would be competitive.

» Have an early-season crack over 800 metres, for speedwork and pure curiosity. His current best is 1:48.69.

» Stop talking about Rio. Or rather ask the media to stop asking about Rio. There’s plenty to shoot for between now and 2016.

» Put us out of our misery and sign for the London Marathon so we know when and where his 26-mile debut is going to be.

» Run one big domestic and grassroots race in the UK this year – the National Cross, Inter-Counties or national road or cross-country relays. Imagine how inspirational it would be for teenagers at the same meeting.

» Finish the autobiography. As tabloid revelations relating to two of his brothers – here and here - have shown, his story will be fascinating. But so far it’s the greatest story never told.

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