Jul 25, 2016

    Farah shows why he will be hard to chase down


    BRITAIN'S double Olympic champion Mo Farah produced a devastating 5,000m display on Saturday at the Diamond League event in London to prove he is in top form heading into the Rio Olympics.

    The 33-year-old showed exactly why he is the favourite to defend his two Olympic titles next month with a stunning example of speed and stamina at the Olympic stadium.

    His time of 12 minutes and 59.29 seconds was the fastest mark of the year.

    Most ominously for his rivals, particularly the Kenyans, this was his fastest time in the discipline since before the London 2012 Olympics.

    Farah made his move after 3,600m and never looked back, making the final 1,400m appear almost like celebratory laps of honour.

    Said Farah: "This is my last chance before Rio, this track has so much meaning to me.

    "Not many athletes can do it in their home town.

    "This is my best form (heading into a major event). I am in good shape. I have to keep my feet on the ground.

    "Anything can happen over the next 21/2 weeks."

    Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers consolidated her position as the No. 1 sprinter in the Diamond League format by winning the 200m.

    The world champion crossed the line in 22.13sec - half a second ahead of American Tiffany Townsend.

    Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast set a personal best of 10.96sec to cruise to victory in the women's 100m.

    In a hotly-anticipated women's long jump, Katarina Johnson-Thompson earned a rare victory over fellow British heptathlete and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.