What will be Mo Farah’s London marathon time? Make your prediction. There’s a prize for the closest figure.
Mo Farah has never run a marathon. Last year he ran 1500 metres in 3:28:81 and only five have ever run faster (world record holder Hitcham El Gerrouj, Bernard Lagat, Noureddine Morceli, Asbel Kiprop and Noah Ngeny). Was there ever a more fascinating marathon debut? How will he fare over those last unforgiving miles? Will Alberto Salazar’s coaching be the key? What do we read into the drama at the New York Half Marathon?
New Zealander Rod Dixon excelled at distances from 1500 metres to marathon – bronze medal at 1500 metres in the 1972 Olympics, first place in the New York Marathon in 1983 – but this was a natural progression to longer distances as the years went by. Mo Farah is attempting something much more remarkable.
Eamonn Martin’s marathon debut in London in 1993 was much discussed in the weeks leading up to the race.. At that time he was British 10,000 metres record holder. He won and he was the last British male winner. Some things have changed since then. Mo Farah’s UK 10,000 metres record is over a minute faster than Eamonn Martin’s record set in 1988. East African dominance of the London Marathon had not begun in 1993.
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