World Athletics Championships: Mo Farah thanks Alberto Salazar for 'making my career' after latest gold medal

Last Updated: 16/08/13 11:09pm

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Mo Farah paid tribute to his coach Alberto Salazar after doing the 5,000-10,000 metres double at the World Championships.

The Britain's successful defence of his world crown in the shorter event builds on his two golds at the Olympic Games in London last year.

The 30-year-old has won five global titles in three years since moving to Oregon to to train under Salazar's guidance.

"Alberto has done a great job for me. He made my career, I never thought I would achieve something like this."
Mo Farah

He also set a European record for 1,500m earlier in the season and plans to make his marathon debut in London in 2014 after running half the course this year.

Farah said: "It was a lot more hard work than last year. Alberto has done a great job for me. He made my career, I never thought I would achieve something like this.

"I know I work hard for it, but you need the right people and I'm glad I've got the right people.

"It was very tough, I thought the guys would have worked more as a team. I've had a lot of pressure, but at the same time I enjoy it.

"I am very proud to represent my country and hold the Union Jack."


The only thing now missing from Farah's track resume is a world record. Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele set the 5,000m and 10,000m benchmarks with 12:37.35 and 26:17.53 respectively.

"I would like to run a decent time, but for me the most important thing is trying to win medals," he said.

"It would be nice to get closer to the record and the great athlete Bekele has both records. It would be nice to get closer to that, but I haven't tried too much.

"I've just been concentrating on the World Championships and winning medals for my country. But now it gives me time to think about it and try to prepare for it. That's very hard in a championship, when you have to cover every move."

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