March 18, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. — The World Indoor Track and Field Championships are in Portland this week, which is where the world’s greatest distance runner Mo Farah and his family live.
Farah elected to not run World Indoors and instead to run the World Half Marathon Championships next weekend in Great Britain. (Farah was in attendance Friday evening to watch the 1500 prelims).
However, many of Farah’s top rivals at 5000m are here including Caleb Ndiku, the former world junior 1500m and cross country champ. Ndiku missed much of the early part of 2015 with injury, but got into Worlds as the Diamond League champion and nabbed the silver medal behind Farah in the 5000m.
This year Ndiku is healthy and in the prelim of the 3000m showed some of his prodigious talent. He fell down in the final kilometer of today’s qualifying 3000m, yet got up and still qualified for the final. (Recap of the morning session here).
Afterwards Ndiku didn’t stop for long in the mixed zone, but the British press wanted to know if he had a message for Mo Farah.
Ndiku said, “All I know is I’m still the guy to watch.”
Full clip below.