Farah coach confident of gold double

07 August 2012 / 22:14

Mo Farah's athletics coach believes the Olympic 10,000 metre champion is on course for a golden double ahead of Wednesday's 5,000m heats.

Farah has had just three days to recover from his dramatic triumph on Saturday evening as Britain won three gold medals in the space of 45 minutes.

However, the 29-year-old's coach, American Alberto Salazar, feels Farah and training partner Galen Rupp - who won silver behind his close friend - could not be in better shape as they look to reach Saturday's 5,000m final.

Salazar, a three-time winner of the New York Marathon, said: "I'm delighted with the way Mo and Galen have recovered from the race.

"They've had no bad fatigue or no soreness, they both slept really well the last couple of nights and are probably feeling a lot fresher than before they went into the 10k.

"I don't believe they've suffered any deficit from their performances in the 10k, and I've seen it before that sometimes athletes feel much fresher a few days after a hard effort after a period of tapering down which can make them feel sluggish.

"If anything they are both physically and psychologically in better shape. The pressure is off.

"It's not as though they don't want to do well in the 5000m, just that they've already got a great achievement under their belts and they're feeling fresher and more relaxed now than they were. I'm very happy with how they're both doing."

Farah is the first British man to win Olympic gold in the 10,000m, while he will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele (2008) by claiming the long-distance double.