Farah tipped for double gold

19 May 2012 / 14:37

Mo Farah can claim double Olympic gold at London 2012 despite the Briton's difficult indoor season, according to two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion Haile Gebrselassie.

Farah will go into the Games this summer as one of Great Britain's biggest medal hopes having won the 5,000m and come second over 10,000m at last year's World Championships in Daegu, but he has endured a disappointing time of it of late, only finishing fourth over 3,000m at the World Indoor Championships in March.

Asked if he thought Farah could win both the 5,000m and 10,000m races at the Games, Gebrselassie said: "Why not? Of course it is not easy for him, but as we saw last year, he is a very strong athlete."

Gebrselassie added: "He nearly won them both (in Daegu), it was very close. It was exciting to see the competition between him and the others and his performance was amazing.

"I think this year if he keeps his training and discipline like last year, believe me he will make something of it.

"You don't count indoor with outdoor - indoor is a different thing and if you look at his physical (attributes), Mo Farah is not an indoor athlete.

"He is more outdoor and if he is disappointed about his indoor season, then he shouldn't be - it is a different style."

Gebrselassie will not be competing in London having failed to register a sufficient marathon time to make the Ethiopia team. The 39-year-old admits it was a major blow but says retirement, which he has flirted with in the past, is not currently on his agenda.

"I have participated in the last four Olympics, but to make this fifth one especially was my wish," Gebrselassie said. "Maybe I was a little bit too ambitious and that is why I could not make the team - I would have loved to do that, but it didn't work. What can I do?

"For me it is difficult to say about running at another Olympics, but of course I will keep running and I don't know how long I will keep competing. With running, I cannot just stop tomorrow or the day after - I have to continue. We will see."