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Olympics not too Farah away
BY Joel Campbell
October 02, 2007
UPON reflection this year has been been a pretty useful one for Mo Farah.
With the World Championships out of the way the British distance runner has his heart set on winning a medal at next year's Olympic Games.
Still only 24, Farah is yet to taste the fruits of success at the top end of his chosen event but as each year passes the Somalia-born 5000m specialist continues to make an impact, leaving track and field fans with the genuine belief that it is only a matter of time before he delivers something really special.
Running the second fastest time ever by a UK athlete confirmed that Farah was heading in the right direction and the Newham and Essex Beagle has admitted he has received plenty of advice from former stars such as Seb Coe and Brendan Foster.
Talking to the Voice of Sport at the launch of the Visa Olympics of the imagination - an initiative brought about to encourage children to express their artistic creativity by drawing a picture themed on the Beijing Olympics - Farah said: "This year was good. My aim was to make the final of the 5000m and I did that, so I was pleased."
He continued: "I'd never been to a major championships like that so it was a good experience for me. To go there and get through the heats and finish sixth in the final was OK.
"I wanted to do better than that and at one point in the race I thought I was going to get a medal but then at 200m to go the guys went flying past me. It was good overall though and next year is the big one in Beijing."
There was a point when Farah didn't think he was going to make it to Osaka for the World Championships as he struggled to nurse a calf muscle injury.
He extended a special thanks to medical staff and his coach for helping him back to fitness and says staying healthy is the name of the game if you want to achieve in the sport.
He said: "At the beginning of the year there was a bit of doubt because I tore a calf but I am happy with how it went and getting a personal best was really good. I ran 13.00.07s and I'm not far off getting that British record, I'm getting closer and closer.
"Seb Coe told me that I'm stepping up and getting closer so I should keep it going. A couple of years ago I was so far down on the top guys but now I'm a lot closer to them.
"Next year is the big one. It's every athletes' dream to take part in an Olympics. The main goal for me now is to stay injury free and then keep working hard.
"I have great people around me like my coach so hopefully it will all come together. I don't want to just go there I want to go there and do the best that I can."
Source: The Voice