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Mo Farah may go for marathon in Rio

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah could make an attempt at marathon gold in the Rio Olympics. Farah’s trainer thinks that a 10,000 metres and marathon double is a viable target for the British runner.

Alberto Salazar coaches Farah in Oregon and masterminded the athlete’s double success over 5.000 metres and 10,000 metres at the London Olympics. Farah has made it clear that he has ambitions to run the longer distance.

"My guess is that he will do a 10-marathon double," Salazar told the BBC. "At Rio, that would be a good shot. We will have to look at the schedule, but if the 10 is first, he would go 10,000m and marathon."

The double has only been achieved once before, by Emil Zatopek at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. "It would be so much tougher now," Salazar suggested, especially as Farah has yet to run a competitive marathon.

"He won't go to the marathon until 2014," Salazar said. "The way we look at it is pretty simple: he's the best long-distance runner on the track in the world right now. He's got the world championships coming up next year. We know he can be very good at marathon, but we don't know he can be the best in the world – it's a different event." Salazar anticipates Farah running the London marathon in 2014.

Farah is one of the favourites for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in December, but, in an unprecedented year of success for British sport, he faces some stiff competition.

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