London, May 28, 2009 – Farah
smashed the national 3,000m indoor record before going on to win the
European title at the same distance, before adding the 10 kilometer mark
to his list of achievements with victory in the Bupa London 10,000 road
Now the 26-year-old Somaliland-born Briton is preparing to challenge
Moorcroft's time of 13 mins 00.41 secs which was achieved in winning at
the Bislett Games in Oslo 17 years ago.
Farah, the country's second fastest performer with a personal best of
13:07.00, believes he can achieve his ambition at Crystal Palace, where
the two-day meeting begins on Jul 24.
He revealed: "I didn't realize I'd broken the British 10k record, so
that was an added bonus. Now I want to go on and see what else I can
manage this summer.
"I'm racing over 5,000m in London, and I want to go out there and give
it my best. If I can get another British record under my belt then I'll
"I know I've got it in me to run under 13 minutes – I've just got seven
seconds to knock off my own time. I hope I can do that in front of the
Farah, recently returned from a training camp in the French Pyrenees,
added: "I've had a really good build-up to the outdoor season.
"I went to altitude at Font Romeu to train with Nick McCormick, Moses
Kipsiro and Boniface Kiprop at the UKA Endurance camp and I think that
has really helped me.
"I benefited a lot over the winter when I was out in Kenya training, so
I wanted to give myself another strong start to the season.
"It would be great to continue the success I had at the beginning of the
year, and I believe I'm in the sort of form where that will be
Farah, who opens his track season with a race over 3,000m in Turin next
Thursday, is determined to atone for failing to make the Olympic final
with a good display at the World Championships in August.
The man who was sixth two years ago in Osaka added: "The World
Championships are very important to me this summer, so obviously I am
concentrating on that.
"But every race in the build-up to Berlin is important, to prove I am in
great shape to me and everyone around me."
Source: Telegraph, May 28, 2009