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Athletics: Back to the track for Mo Farah?

Published on Apr 14, 2014 7:08 PM
 
Mo Farah of Britain reacts after finishing in eighth position in the men's Elite London Marathon on April 13, 2014. Ahead of Mo Farah's much-hyped marathon debut in London on Sunday, few expert observers believed he stood any chance of winning. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Ahead of Mo Farah's much-hyped marathon debut in London on Sunday, few expert observers believed he stood any chance of winning.

But his lacklustre eighth-place finish and modest time of 2hr 8min 21sec, which only puts him in the second-tier elite category and failed to even threaten a nearly 30-year-old British record, will be leaving the track star questioning if he has a future on the roads.

The lessons from his debut appear to be two-fold: firstly, the double Olympic and Worlds champion over 5,000 and 10,000m seems to be better built for speed, illustrated last year when he clocked the sixth-fastest 1,500m of all time.

Even his 5,000m and 10,000m golds have been more down to his wily racing tactics closed off with a staggering finishing kick, something that counts for little over 42.195km.

 
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