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Fabulous Farah shines in the south

International athletics
by Mark A (U5611457) 25 October 2009
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Mo Farah was wearing his sprinting boots on Sunday as he won the 10-mile Great South Run on the streets of Portsmouth.

The ever-smiling Londoner surged ahead in the final 150 metres to become the first Briton to win the race in 13 years, while Portugal's Ines Monteiro was the women's victor.

Did anybody see Farah in action or maybe you were one of the 21,000 running on Sunday?

Could this be the start of the European 5,000m silver medallist stepping up to the longer distances for next season?

Farah's keeping his options open but it's great to see Britain's great prospect dominating on the international stage.

Let us know what you think as the country's athletes begin their winter training and start planning for new goals in 2010.

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Oct 26, 2009

So Farah wouldn't make the Kenyan or Ethiopian teams - so what?! There are very few athletes in the world that would!

Should we scrap the 5k and 10k at major games and just have a Rift Valley championships with the occassional invite of the odd outsider?!

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comment by clane (U13851082)

posted Oct 26, 2009

might aswell,unless athletes are either sub 13 or sub 27 for the 5 and 10k it is a complete waste of time competing for minor scrap placings
europeans will never be able to compete at the top level against the east africans,running around from childhood on a subsistence diet at altitude compared to our bloated complacent dank cold westrn lifestyle-pointless
we have missed the boat and we are sinking into the sea

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comment by janey (U13691483)

posted Oct 26, 2009

Since when is doing something you love and enjoy ever a waste of time to the person doing it? Probably to onlookers who like to criticise people for doing their best but not to those who get enjoyment out of watching and competing at every standard.

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Oct 26, 2009

Wow - that was meant to be a rhetorical question. If you honestly believe that there is no point for anyone other than the best handful of athletes in any event competing I don't think that there is much I can say to convince you.

Personally I would be sorry if they got rid of the Olympics in favour of the US 400m championships, the Russian race walking championships, and the Northen European javelin champs, but if that's what you want to watch, that's your choice.

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posted Oct 26, 2009

Clane,

You seem very bitter about something. Mo has been in the country since he was nine and would never have competed in athletics if he remained in Somalia., He discovered athletics here and is proud to be British. You are right he does not compare with Coe and Ovett, in case you hadn't noticed they were 800 and 1500 runners. Mo although being very competent at this distance is better at the longer disatances. he is 3000indoor uk record holder, the fastest ever over 10k on the rods (in terrible conditions. Is second fastest over 5k and 3rd fastst over 10 miles the first time he has run this distance seriously in again poor conditions. maybe we could celebrate the fact that we have someone who is competitive on the world stage and undoubtablythe best in europe.
When was the last time you came in the top ten in a world champs? what is your problem?

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posted Oct 27, 2009

might aswell,unless athletes are either sub 13 or sub 27 for the 5 and 10k it is a complete waste of time competing for minor scrap placings
europeans will never be able to compete at the top level against the east africans,running around from childhood on a subsistence diet at altitude compared to our bloated complacent dank cold westrn lifestyle-pointless
we have missed the boat and we are sinking into the sea.


Dathan Rizenhein. 6th in the 10k at worlds. 3rd in the world half championships. 3rd in the 5k in Zurich.

If he can do it there is no reason that any other athlete cant. Im not having this "cant compete with the kenyans". We never will with that attitude.

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posted Oct 27, 2009

Quite right QP. True there is a conveyer belt from Kenya and Ethiopia but Bekele apart they are all beatable and Bekele can't run every distance in the same champs.

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posted Oct 28, 2009

Other than mo's run all the other top ten GB times, PB's, were set before 1997 ?

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posted Oct 28, 2009

People are very quick to pull out Coe and Cram as examples of British Decline but when you look at the all time records there still is only 1 man quicker the Coe and Cram's times still rank highly today... it's not just a British Issue of running those times again.

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posted Oct 31, 2009

josephberg
Could be that there are more half marathons these days and fewer ten milers than pre 1997.

Would be intresting to see which year(s) the top ten half marathon performances were achiever in.

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