Olympic hopeful Mo Farah is on target for an August date with destiny. The world 5,000m champion produced a great performance at the 5k Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday to underline his medal aspirations. Farah clocked 12:56:98 ahead of Kenyan Isaiah Kiplangat Koech and American stablemate Galen Rupp. Ethiopian world record holder Keninisa Bekele was fourth.
In an unevenly run race and in windy conditions Farah was delighted to steal a march on potential rivals and record the fastest 5,000m time of 2012.
28 year old Farah will continue to prepare for London with the guidance of Alberto Salazar and his plans prioritise a bid for the 10,000 Olympic title. That race will be run on Saturday, August 4, seven days before the 5,000m final (the heats are on Wednesday - August 8), and how Farah comes out of the first race will determine if he attempts to follow in the footsteps of Zatopek, Kuts, Viren, Yifter and Bekele and claim the historic track double. Among Farah's rivals in the longer race will be Wilson Kiprop who won the Kenyan Olympic 10,000m trial, also staged at Eugene.
Mo Farah's wife Tania is expecting twins in September so the next three months are going to be a busy time for the man who calls London home, and the popular athlete - he completed a Saturday morning parkrun 5k with Tania last year - is sure to have the enthusiastic support of millions of recreational runners across the UK.