“In 2015 I was really focused to win the title, but I got silver, so I am not satisfied yet. I want to win the title. I am working so hard for it. That’s really my big dream and I will work for it until I fulfill it.”
He says he only started training in December as he was trying to get over a nagging injury.
On Kamworor Sang says, "If all goes well for Kamworor, though, I think he is the athlete to beat at the Olympics."
“He has the potential; he has the mind. It’s just a matter of time,"
Speaking to reporters after finishing 3rd at the World Half Champs, Farah said, "It’s what you guys have been waiting for – a challenge!”
Farah: “It’s going to be a lot harder than London 2012. I’m older and I think it’s definitely going to be a stronger field so it’s going to be a real battle. Geoffrey and Bedan will be the main challengers over 10,000m and they’re probably going to be doing a similar thing where they go from the start. But I don’t know whether they’re capable of running around or under 26.40. That’s what I have to do if I want to win. It’s not rocket science. And at the Olympics Kenya are allowed only three runners so they can’t sacrifice anyone. Geoffrey can’t beat me in a 10k. Well, he can obviously but I’m not going to let him do that. Marathon, half marathon and road races are completely different. The track is mine."
He will open his outdoor season at the Shanghai DL meet on May 14th.
*MB: Geoffrey Kamworor will double at the Kenyan trials.
Farah: “The guys went for it from the beginning. I thought, there’s no way they can keep this pace going – am I unfit or are they just too fast? From three or four miles in the race they were at the front controlling it. I knew they would work together, and they were talking throughout the race. And then the gap just got bigger and bigger and I couldn’t close it.”
Farah thinks they will "sacrifice someone" to take it out. Farah is hoping for lots of wind and rain to slow down the pace.
Kamworor: “I expect stiff competition tomorrow but for me, I’m looking forward to defending the title I won in 2014."
"I have prepared well...I have worked on my endurance and speed and I believe I am good to go,"
Farah will face a stacked field which will include Geoffrey Kamworor and Zersenay Tadese.
*Video Interview With Farah
With Mo Farah and Geoffrey Kamworor previously announced, this is shaping up to be an amazing race.
Alice Aprot (sister of 2010 World XC champ Joseph Ebuya) won the women's race as favorite Faith Kipyegon finished way back running through illness.
He defeated Geoffrey Kamworor who fell off pace and ended up a DNF. For the women, little-known Violah Jepchumba won over a field that included World steeple champ Hyvin Kiyeng and World Marathon silver medalist Helaha Kiprop.
*Imane Merga And Hiwot Ayalew Win San Sebastian XC Meet
At one point, Kamworor, Asbel Kiprop, Caleb Ndiku and Augustine Choge were all racing neck-and-neck, but in the end Choge and Kiprop were a distant 2nd and 3rd. Cheruyiot just beat out Magaret Chelumi as steeple world champ Hyvin Kiyeng was 3rd. *2nd article/Results
A smart plan as there is little chance Mo Farah is losing unless Kamworor is 100% ready.