Paula Radcliffe thinks Mo Farah can shine at London Marathon

Jun 1, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Mo Farah (GBR) competes in the 5,000m in the 39th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Although still a few months away, the 2014 London Marathon has already started to generate a lot of buzz due to the entry of Mo Farah, owner of two Olympic gold medals and three world championships, who will be making his marathon debut.

English marathon legend Paula Radcliffe recently offered her prediction about how Farah will perform in London, saying he’ll be pushed by the strong field to turn in a good time:

Whenever they (Londoners/Britons) see Mo race they expect him to win, it’s a very high expectation. Without any doubt he is going to go in, going to run fast and he is going to run really well.

It’s a high quality field he is up against, I don’t doubt he will run his absolute best and he will be up there

Radcliffe did caution, however, that Farah, who specializes in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, will be up against an entirely new challenge:

He is capable of it but there are many capable of that this year since it’s a very high standard field. It’s a very difficult question to ask when you are making your debut because nobody really knows until they run the marathon distance.

They do not know how they are going to cope and react in the last 10K and how their body is going to hold together. Even Mo himself will not know that, he will have a good idea in training its best to sit back and enjoy the show but I know he will do well.

The London Marathon will be run on April 13.

[Source: Capital FM Sports]

Topics: London Marathon, Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe

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