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Olympic hero stays focussed on race after birth of twins

Last Updated: 25/08/12 2:46pm

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Mo Farah: Still training hard

Mo Farah: Still training hard

Mo Farah returns to the track on Sunday for the first time since his sensational double Olympic triumph.

Now with twin girls to go with his two gold medals, was present as his wife Tania gave birth in London on Friday but the double Olympic champion remains as motivated as ever.

But the 29-year-old, who headed north for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix last night, must turn his attention immediately back to competition as he bids to add another British record to his growing collection.

That, he hopes, will come in the shape of erasing Steve Ovett's 34-year-old outdoor two-mile mark of eight minutes 13.51 seconds at the Alexander Stadium.

With the huge media demands on an Olympic hero plus two new-born babies, Farah could have been excused for taking things easy but that is not the way of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion.

"As an athlete, when you are at the top there are more people who want to beat you, more people hungry. It's important that I stay motivated and keep training."
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"I'm still training hard," he said. "As an athlete, when you are at the top there are more people who want to beat you, more people hungry.

Motivated

"It's important that I stay motivated and keep training. I've got a great team around me and if I'm not doing the work they keep telling me.

"Everything's going well, it just means I have been a bit busier. The last two weeks have been really hectic.

"When I completed the 10,000m it was important I rested up and came back for the 5,000m and after I won that everything went crazy."

Farah's wife cheered him on to his Olympic success while heavily pregnant, embracing him at the side of the track afterwards.

And the Somali-born runner, who moved to Britain aged eight, admitted that the birth, which came just under two weeks after his 5,000m triumph, was a weight off his mind.

"It is a relief, because my wife has been holding on so long," he added. "It's great that she held on this long and didn't give birth on the track."

Reward

Farah, who is already stepfather to Rihanna, dedicated his 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals to the unborn twins after he topped the podium in London.

He said he needed the two golds so each twin could have one and now plans to get their names - once they are decided - inscribed on each medal.

Asked whether he had shown the newborns his medals, he said: "No I didn't, but they are waiting.

"I am actually going to get their names on it, once we've figured out something with the medals - one on each. And then whatever one was born first gets the 10,000m and the other gets the 5,000m one."

Farah, who was only the seventh man in history to win the long-distance Olympic double, is now looking to reward the fans who were not at the stadium in Stratford to roar him home.

"Hopefully we'll put a show on for the people who didn't get to watch me at the Olympics," he said.

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