Apr 21, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Fun runners compete during the Virgin London Marathon at the 22 mile mark. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

Haile Gebrselassie offers prediction for London Marathon


While the legendary Haile Gebrselassie has criticized Mo Farah’s decision to (temporarily) transition from running track to running marathons, he still believes the 31-year-old can perform well in London Marathon tomorrow, perhaps even finishing in the top three.

Per The Guardian:

“Everybody in Britain expects Mo to win but if he comes in the top three it would be a fantastic achievement,” he says. “And if he can run 2hr 5m, Mo will have done enough. Anything below that, fantastic.

 

“Kebede is the one to beat, no question. He’s very strong now. I expect Kipsang to be second with either Geoffrey Mutai or Mo third.”

Farah, who will be making his marathon debut in Sunday’s race, will face some seriously difficult competitionso a top-three finish seems unlikely. Farah, however, is confident:

“In my opinion, I think they will just keep going to try and get rid of me,” Farah says. “That’s where I’ve got to be patient and not chase it. I just need to run as even as I can and save energy for the last six or seven miles.

 

“[Coach Alberto Salazar] is confident of where I am and so am I. It’s all gone to plan. I’m really excited.”

We’ll have the results for you tomorrow.

[Source: The Guardian]

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