We'll beat Farah in Rio, say confident Kenyans

Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:20pm EDT
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By Isaack and Omulo

ELDORET, Kenya Jul 21 (Reuters) - Kenyan athletes aim to settle a few scores with their perennial opponents at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Kenya’s 10,000 meters duo Bedan Karoki and Paul Tanui reckon they have identified what it takes to finally overhaul British double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, who has twice denied them a major title with his fast finishes.

And 2013 women's world 800 meters champion Eunice Sum has warned South Africa’s 2009 world champion, Caster Semenya, who has emerged as a top contender for the title, to prepare for the battle of her life.

Farah, who won 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Games, repeated the feat at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing with a devastating kick on the final lap that left his rivals in his wake.

“He has always beaten us in the last lap, but we have worked on that and hope to turn the tables against him this time in Rio,” Karoki, 25, told Reuters on Thursday.

“We are very good in lapping -- indeed much better than him -- but he waits until it matters most, and that is what we have worked on this time.

"He is the only major threat and I am sure we will beat him,” added Karoki, who finished fifth at the London Games and won silver at this year’s World Half Marathon and lastyear’s World Cross Country Championships.

The other two Kenyan representatives are Geoffrey Kamworor, winner in the World Half Marathon and world cross-country events, and also silver medalist at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, and Tanui, who won bronze in Beijing.   Continued...

Britain Athletics - Birmingham Diamond League - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham - 5/6/16
Great Britain's Mo Farah wins the men's 3000m
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