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Farah challenges Bolt to charity race

ESPN staff
July 28, 2013

Mo Farah has challenged six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt to a race, calling for fans to vote on the distance the pair should go head-to-head over.

The Brit was back at London's Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games on Saturday, where he comprehensively beat his rivals to take victory in the men's 3000 metres.

Bolt won both the 100m and men's 4x100m relay on his return to Stratford, and now double Olympic champion Farah has spoken of his desire to race him for charity.

"He's [Bolt] got his charity foundation, I've got the Mo Farah Foundation," Farah told Sky Sports. "It would be great to do a distance where people vote in, proper athletics fans, on what distance they think the most suitable.

"Are you up for that? Come on, you've got to do it. Let's get it on."

In preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow, Farah has revealed his sacrifice of not seeing his twin daughters for two months as he aims to add more medals to his Olympic success.

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"It's been hard in terms of my life because half of the time I am away at training camps," Farah told BBC Sportsweek.

"[On Saturday] I got a bit emotional because I haven't seen my twin girls for nearly two months. I went to pick them up and one of them started crying, she didn't even recognise me and that was hard as a parent when you have been away for so long.

"Sometimes that's what it takes being a true athlete. Being a long distance runner is not easy, it's not as easy as everything else or everyone would be doing what I am doing.

"I love what I do and I just want to train. I want that feeling again [winning two Olympic gold medals] and that makes you more of a fighter than anything else.

"I want to win medals, I want to make the country proud, I want to make the people proud and I want to do well for myself. It's going to be tough but I am going to go out there and give 110% and that's all you can do."

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