Coe: Farah can win 5,000m gold too
August 5, 2012 20:45 pm
Mo Farah has the chance to write his name into Olympic history next week - and Sebastian Coe believes the athlete has timed his medal charge to perfection.
Farah, who was roared home in spine-tingling fashion by a jubilant crowd to win the 10,000m in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, can make it double gold in the 5,000m a week later.
Not since Finland's Lasse Viren in 1976 has a runner done the double at those distances, but Coe, twice Olympic champion at 1,500m, believes the 29-year-old has done everything right so far.
"Timing is everything, particularly in distance events," said Coe, the London 2012 chairman. "If you watched Mo run a few weeks ago at Crystal Palace, he was running well but he looked slightly laboured that night. That was the moment they decided, clearly, to start tapering down.
"At that level it is not about getting it right even to the day, it is literally presenting the athlete on the start line for that very moment. That's the tough side of what they did, and they got it right. They got it pitch perfect."
The deafening support of the crowd in the Olympic Stadium could be a crucial factor.
Farah admitted the atmosphere in the stadium - likened by Coe to Cathy Freeman's 400m triumph in Sydney in 2000 - had made all the difference in the 10,000m.
"If it wasn't for the crowd and the support and people shouting out my name and putting their Union Jacks up I don't think it would have happened," he said.
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