Britain’s Mo Farah will bid to become the second man to achieve the double of the world and Olympics 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles while Usain Bolt begins his defence of the 200m today at the World Athletics Championships.
Farah produced a courageous display to win the 10,000m last Saturday and starts firm favourite to defend his 5,000m title.
If successful, he will emulate Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele’s double in 2009 which followed his victories in the 2008 Olympic Games.
“It’s going to be a demanding race and I need as much energy as possible to have the reserves when the final kick comes,” said Farah.
On the other hand, Bolt, who has kept a low profile since he powered to victory in Sunday’s 100m final, will be looking to defend his 200m title.
“I’m looking forward to running the 200m, I can’t promise anything [regarding a new world record],” said Bolt. “Hopefully everything will come together.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2013.
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