Mo Farah is ending his 2012 campaign today, in the Invitational two mile at the Bupa Great North City Games in Newcastle/Gateshead. Mo is the new gold medalist in both the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Exhausted, and rightfully so, after his amazing 2012 season and, in late August, the birth of his twin daughters, Aisha and Amani, Mo will take two weeks off after this race today.
Mo Farah winning Olympic 5,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here is what Mo Farah told a small group of journalists yesterday a the Press briefing for the Great North City Games:
Mo Farah was pretty subdued at the Friday press conference. He was asked if he is tired of speaking about the Olympics. He smiled, obviously tired. Most of the changes in his life, he noted, were the birth of his lovely twin daughters, Aisha and Amani, in late August.
He was looking forward to his two weeks off. ” I do not run during my two weeks off. I eat what I want, watch the telly, so that when I come back to running, I am ready to run.” noted Mo Farah.
He told the media, about the summer of 2012: ” We will never have another summer like this…It has been a perfect summer of sport.”
“We had the Olympics and Paralympics…but there has also been Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray. Brit’s just don’t do that!” Mo Farah told the Independent.
He admitted that the birth of twins has changed his life immeasurably. While Mo Farah trains, his days are pretty well set. With twins, nothing is set, as they sleep, eat, and cry on their own time. Mo Farah smiled, obviously loving have the twin blessing, but also tired, as any new parent would be.
When asked about the last 800 meters of his Olympic races, Mo confided: ” I was worried most about Gebremeskel in the 5,000 meters. When he made his move early, I felt much better. In the 10,000 meters, I was pretty sure that Galen and I would win medals, I was just not sure which color! ”
Farah has done something never done by a Brit before. His tactical mastery, assisted by his coach, Alberto Salazar and the support of UK athletics Endurance’s Ian Stewart, made a huge difference in his successes in London.
Coach Alberto Salazar with Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, post 10,000 meters,
photo by PhotoRun.net