Mo Farah could become Britain's greatest athlete Saturday night, as he aims for gold in the 5,000m final at the 2012 London Olympics. Seven days after he grabbed gold in men’s 10,000m final, a victory in this event will provide the perfect finish to the Games for Team GB.
According to Telegraph, Dave Moorcroft, former world 5,000m record holder, stated that if Mo Farah could do the double and give the athletics program a magnificent Olympic Stadium finale, it would be the “greatest achievement by any British athlete.”
“His place is assured as the greatest British male endurance runner but if he was to do it, you couldn’t think of a greater achievement by any British athlete. He stands on the edge of absolute greatness,” said Moorcroft, who was chief executive of British Athletics when he first saw 14-year-old Farah in cross country action.
Moorcroft added, “I’ll be commentating for Canadian television but, honestly, all I’d want to do is take the headphones off and just watch, just soak it all up, because it would be a really emotional moment if he could do it. The distance running fraternity have massive empathy with Mo; he’s one of us, we’ve watched him but and thousands have run with him too. There would be a little bit of both those gold medals which would in, some inspiring way, feel as if it belongs to every distance runner in the country.”
29-year-old Mo Farah became the first British man ever to win an Olympic distance gold when he took the 10,000m title last Saturday. Olympic Park, LOCOG chairman Lord Coe, the winner of two Olympic gold medals himself, said that Farah’s win in the previous event was an imperative part of giving the Olympic athletics program an unprecedented success.
According to Lord Coe, another Farah triumph would give the London Games a perfect ending for Britain. “Mo is fearless and he’ll be hungry if he thinks he can go down indelibly in British track and field as probably the greatest athlete we have produced,” said Coe.
Brendan Foster, the Montreal 10,000m bronze medalist, also put his weight behind Mo Farah, saying, “He’s already the greatest British male distance runner ever and one of the greatest Olympians we’ve ever had even if he didn’t even bother to turn up today. But if he does it today, I’ll be standing in the [BBC] commentary box shouting, ‘Arise, Sir Mo!’”