Mo Farah denied chance to add 1500m to IAAF World Championships schedule as he also reveals he has challenged Usain Bolt to a 600m-800m head-to-head
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has revealed he asked for the 1500m to be added to his schedule for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in two weeks’ time.
The double Olympic champion, who will be contesting the 5000m and 10,000m – the distances in which he won golds in London last summer – in Moscow, has been denied the chance to make it a golden treble, however, as the timetable will not allow him to compete in all three events.
Farah will be looking to go one better than the silver he claimed in Daegu two years ago in the 10,000m final on August 10, the first day of the championships, before he looks to retain his title in the 5000m, the heats for which begin on August 13. The final of the 5000m takes place on August 16, with the semi-finals of the 1500m held only an hour and 40 minutes before that final.
The 30-year-old broke a 16-year-old area record held by Fermin Cacho of Spain as well as Steve Cram’s 28-year-old British record with his 3:28.81 1500m clocking at the Diamond League in Monaco just over a week ago and had hoped to be named as GB’s second representative over the distance in Moscow, together with Chris O’Hare.
His time in Monaco boosted him to sixth on the world all-time list and demonstrated an amazing turn of speed for a 5000m/10,000m specialist who is ironically building towards a marathon debut in London next year and only undertook the shorter distance as a bit of a training exercise ahead of Moscow.
Farah went on to dominate over double the distance at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday too, clocking 7:36.85 for an outdoor personal best to finish four seconds outside of David Moorcroft’s UK 3000m record and just over two seconds off his own indoor PB.
Another distance Farah revealed he has also got his eye on is 600m or 800m, and he wants Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to be his competition in a head-to-head race over a distance which sits between the specialist distances of the pair to raise money for charity.
Speaking to Sky, Farah commented: “It would be great to do a distance where people vote in – proper athletics fans – on what distance they think is most suitable.”
He then went on to ask Bolt: “Are you up for that? Come on, you’ve got to do it.”