Published: Sunday February 17, 2013 MYT 8:39:00 PM
Mo Farah triumphs indoors after 'half' marathon call
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah delighted home fans by winning the 3,000 metres at the IAAF indoor meeting in Birmingham on Saturday.
Farah's success came shortly after he'd announced his plan to run just half of this year's London Marathon before attempting the full course in 2014.
The 29-year-old Farah, who won both the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals at London 2012 could, in the opinion of coach Alberto Salazar, compete in the marathon at the 2016 Games in Rio.
But Farah's plan to take on the marathon in stages was questioned by British team-mate and friend Paula Radcliffe, the women's marathon world record holder.
"Honestly I find it a little bit strange - it's not what I would have done," said Radcliffe who, unlike Farah, has never stood atop an Olympic podium.
"Either you find a good half marathon somewhere or you take the plunge and attack the distance and race it. Here he's caught between two stools."
Farah plans to run in a half-marathon in New Orleans next weekend - a step up in distance after after he won Saturday's 3,000m in Birmingham in a time of in seven minutes 42 seconds.
"I think practice will make perfect," said Farah. "The more practice you can do you can get it right.
"And running in the London Olympics and having 75,000 people cheering for you was the best thing ever. I get excited just thinking about the amount of people who can come out there (for the marathon) and give you that support and I think that's what the sport needs.
"Hopefully I can give back something to the crowd and everyone who couldn't come to the Games."
Mike Rodgers of the United States won the men's 60m, just finishing ahead of Jamaica's Nesta Carter and Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis.
Meanwhile a high quality women's 60m saw Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast lower her own fastest time in the world this year to 6.99sec, with Jamaica's double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce second in 7.09 in her first indoor meeting. - AFP