Tuesday 7 June 2016

Mo Farah Targets Medals Over Records In Rio Olympics

Mo Farah insists he will prioritise winning medals over breaking a world record ahead of this summer's Olympics in Rio. The double Olympic champion kept his preparations for Rio on track by breaking David Moorcroft's 34-year-old British 3,000m record at the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday.

The 33-year-old, who claimed a winning time of seven minutes 32.62 seconds, now holds every major national record from the 1500m to the half-marathon - as well as four indoor national records. Despite winning seven global track titles, his only world best performance is over two miles indoors.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the 5,000m and 10,000m world records respectively, claims Farah needs to take one of his world records to be considered an all-time great. But the Briton, who has two wins from two races this summer, is happy racking up the medals. Another double in Brazil in August would see him eclipse Bekele's haul of three Olympic and five world titles.

Asked if he had ambitions to attempt a world record, Farah said: “Have you seen them? You have to be realistic. It's all one year at a time. This year is all about Rio. Next year is my last track year. I will come out in London at the World Championships at the Olympic Stadium and then go on to the road. That is my aim. Records are hard”.

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