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Bolt Accepts Farah Challenge to Race for Charity

31 Jul 2013

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Mo Farah with Usain Bolt

Olympic sprint champion, Usain Bolt, has accepted a challenge from
Britain's Olympic middle distance champion, Mo Farah, to race for
charity, saying he would be prepared to meet over 600m.

Farah, who won gold at the 5,000 and 10,000m at the London Olympics
last year, was the star turn of the Games along with Jamaican sprinter
Bolt, who won the 100 and 200m.

``It would be great to do a distance where people vote in - proper
athletics fans - on what distance they think is most suitable," Farah
told Sky Sports.

He then turned to the camera and said: ``Are you up for that? Come on,
you've got to do it."

In a separate interview, Bolt was shown the footage and replied he
would be prepared to take on the challenge.

``That sounds fun," he said.

``It's going to be hard but it's charity so it's all about fun and enjoyment.

``I'm up for anything, for anything's possible."

Bolt, who holds the world records at 100m and 200m, said running
1,500m would be out of the question.

``Its way too far," he said. "600 for sure I can try because I've done
600m in training, but not 1,500m."

Farah, the Somalia-born 30-year-old who grew up in London, has
lightning pace over the final stretch, and has recently experimented
with shorter distances, setting a European 1500m record of 3:28.81
this summer.

Farah laid down the challenge to the Jamaican sprinter after running a
personal best of 7 minutes 36.85 seconds in the 3000m at the London
Anniversary Games at the weekend.

One intriguing aspect of the race would be how the taller, more
powerful Bolt would cope with the early stages of the longer distance
and whether he would have the acceleration to match Farah's finish,
after running 500m.

Tags: Race for Charity, Sports, World

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