More track for Farah and three-peat for Bolt
Farah wants to repeat Olympic double in Moscow and turn to marathon in 2014, Bolt to focus on 100 and 200 m ahead of Moscow and Rio
Two-times Olympic champion (5000 m and 10000 m) Mo Farah plans to run track for one more season and to switch to road racing in 2014. His marathon debut is most likely to be the London Marathon. As a youngster Farah claimed three victories at the London mini-marathon.
«I’d love to run the London marathon. It is amazing when you have the support of 80 000 fans at the stadium, but I believe I’ll be even more pumped up when the street crowd cheers me», Farah said. He understands that he will need a specific training to run the marathon. “This will be a whole new level of training. I’ll have to endure much. I once ran 20 miles and it was very hard. To run 26 miles at the elite pace I’ll have to work a lot. But my coach Alberto Salazar knows what to do. Marathon training is his specialty. And he also thinks that I’ll have to switch to road racing at one point”.
But the next major goal for Farah is to repeat his golden double at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.
Usain Bolt will be aiming for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 metres at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event. After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge. However, during a promotional visit to New Zealand on Monday, the self-declared “living legend” said that his plan for 2016 “is all about just going and defending my titles.”
“I don’t want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again,” Bolt, who won the 100- and 200-metres and helped Jamaica win the 4×100-metre relays at Beijing and London, told a news conference. “The three-peat. That’s the focus — there’s not going to be any different event.”
Bolt has the world record in the 100 and 200 and wants to go even faster. He’ll return to training later this month and turn his attention immediately to the world championships next year in Moscow.