Exclusive: London 2012 hopeful Mo Farah discusses his Olympic medal prospects
11:53 02 April 2012
Londoner confident ahead of the Games, but doesn’t think he will be breaking any world records
There is no doubting that Mo Farah is now regarded as one of the greatest British distance runners of all time.
The current European and World Champion at the 5,000metres, as well as being the current European Champion at 10,000m sees the upcoming London Olympics as the perfect opportunity to reach the pinnacle of his career.
"It is something that everyone has been talking about for many years and now that it is finally round the corner it is very exciting," he told London24.
"I am aiming to add to my medal collection in London but am aware that the competition will be very tough. I am confident but can't take anything for granted.
"Preparations are going very well. I trained well this winter and still have four months to go. I normally train in the mornings and evenings. Inbetween I try to rest, refuel and get treatment to keep my body in one piece. I eat a healthy diet but when I run over 100 miles per week I burn a lot of calories so can eat pretty much whatever I like."
Last summer at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Farah showed heart and desire to come back from the disappointment of being pipped at the post in the 10,000m to win the 5,000m.
It just seems like the London Olympics are set up for the Londoner to create history, but Farah is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and he expects a strategy to be key in Stratford.
"Last year was great for me winning a gold and silver in the World Championships. I would love to get on the podium in London," he said.
"If I can win the gold in front of my home crowd it will be very special. I don't expect any world record performances in the Olympic Games in the mens long distance races they are usually tactical affairs."
His recent disappointment at the indoor championships in Turkey where Farah finished fourth in the 3,000m, seemed to be a much-needed reminder that the 29-year-old should not take anything for granted and must remain fully focused in the coming months.
Farah, was however philosophical about the result in Turkey and took a lot of positives from his display.
"The indoor season was good. Of course I was disappointed not to win in the World Indoors in Istanbul but it showed that I am in good shape but can't take anything for granted," he said.
"It is very unusual for one athlete to dominate in the long distance races. The important thing is to win when it counts in London."