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Farah worried about burnout ahead of Olympics

ESPN staff
June 22, 2012
Mo Farah is looking to add more speed ahead of the Olympics © PA Photos

Mo Farah admits he is wary of burnout ahead of his London 2012 tilt, with the 5,000m world champion desperate to ensure he does not "overcook it".

Farah continues his preparations ahead of this summer's Games with a run in the 1,500m at the British trials on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who is set to double up and go for glory in both the 5,000m and 10,000m this summer, is keen to work on his speed and will test himself against metric mile specialists at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

However, Farah - one of Britain's leading gold medal hopes for London 2012 - says one of his priorities is to arrive at his home Olympics feeling fresh and, therefore, he is tailoring his workload accordingly.

"I want to work on my speed more than anything else and Birmingham is a chance to do that," he told the Sun. "I'm winning races and don't want to overcook it. The 1,500m is just a run around.

"It will also be good to run in front of the home fans and get a little taste of what this summer will be like at the Olympic Stadium. I still remember the noise in Glasgow back in January when I ran indoors."

In a bid to avoid injuries where possible and stay as fresh as possible, Farah has cut down the amount of travelling he would normally do at this time of year, preferring to stay at his house in Portland to focus fully on training with coach Alberto Salazar.

"We took a conscious decision after the indoor season. I don't want to be up and down, I don't want to be travelling around a lot and my summer race programme is similar to last year," he added.

"There's a lot of hype because the Olympics come around only once every four years and this time it's in my home town. But in Portland I'm away from all that. I can put my head down and enjoy what I'm doing."

Farah, meanwhile, is backing Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele to make it into Ethiopia's team for the Olympics. Farah crushed his rival when clocking a world-leading time of 12:56.98 over 5,000m at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, and Bekele was again off the pace in Oslo two weeks ago.

Farah added: "I got a lot from that race. I have good memories of that track from last year when I got the European 10,000m record. That was my breakthrough, the real turning point for me which I carried all the way through the 2011 season.

"So I wanted to come out and run reasonably fast in my first race this season especially as the field was quite loaded with Kenyan guys. But I wouldn't write off Kenenisa and I think he will get to the Olympics. You have to respect the guy for what he has done, what he has achieved and how experienced he is.

"He's also one of those athletes who tends to try to peak for major championships. Last year he was coming off an injury at the worlds but two weeks later he ran one of the fastest times of the year. I'm not one to check up on the times and performances of rivals all the time anyway. You have to be aware of the opposition, but Alberto will see to that nearer the time.

"The main thing is to concentrate on yourself and your own performance. You know what people are capable of but you can't control what they will do."

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