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Coe backing Mo double

10,000m champ cannot afford to regard 5,000m win as a bonus

Last Updated: 10/08/12 11:04pm

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Mo Farah: Already has the 10K title in the bag

Mo Farah: Already has the 10K title in the bag

Lord Sebastian Coe is tipping Mo Farah to become Britain's greatest track and field athlete and complete an historic distance double on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old won gold in the 10,000m last weekend and can bring the curtain down on a magnificent Olympics for the home nation by claiming the 5K.

Coe never managed two golds in one Games during his career and warned that Farah will have to be 100 per cent focused on victory, rather than regarding it as a bonus.

Asked whether Farah could achieve the double, Coe said: "Yes he can - a lot will depend on how much he really wants it. The double is tough enough, I tried it on four occasions and messed up on each one.

"It's not the physicality of winning both distances or running both distances, it's what goes on in your head for the three or four days between events.

"Some feed on that and others think they've done what they came here for and the rest is a bit of a bonus. If he thinks the rest is a bit of a bonus, he won't win.

"It's not the physicality of winning both distances or running both distances, it's what goes on in your head for the three or four days between events. Some feed on that and others think they've done what they came here for and the rest is a bit of a bonus. If he thinks the rest is a bit of a bonus, he won't win"
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Hungry

"But if he thinks he can go down indelibly in British track and field as probably the greatest athlete we've produced, then yes. The question is, is he hungry?

"It would be hard to argue against a guy winning the 5,000m and 10,000m at an Olympic level. We still talk about Lasse Viren, he did that on two separate occasions. It would be very difficult to take him out of the top four or five British performances at all times at a Games in a truly global sport."

The London 2012 chairman also paid tribute to David Rudisha, the Kenyan who smashed the 800m gold record in magnificent style last night - in Coe's eyes even outshining Usain Bolt's 200m gold medal.

He added: "Bolt was good, Rudisha was magnificent. That is quite a big call but it was the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen.

"He had the balls to go in there and think 'I am so much better than anyone else' that he could do that. In Olympic finals you are not supposed to gamblewith the till, but he did.

"It comes from consummate physical and mental confidence. If you look at the field that is arguably the greatest 800m ever run."

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