29 May

Farah Faces Tough Field At Eugene

Mo Farah Prefontaine 2011Mo Farah will return to the site where he set the European 10,000m record when he competes in today's (Friday 29 May) Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. The field is shaping up to be highly competitive with a series of runners having previously set sub 27 minute times. 

Farah set his time of 26:46.57 in 2011, just months after he relocated from the UK to Oregon to work with the established coach, Alberto Salazar. In the same year, Farah took gold over 5000m at the World Championships before the double gold medal performance at London 2012.   

Leading the candidates likely to challenge the double Olympic champion are Kenyan pair Josphat Kipkoech Bett and Paul Kipngetich Tanui, who boast PBs of 26:48.99 and 26:49.41 respectively. Other recognisable names include Geoffrey Kirui and Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi. 

The 10,000m forms part of Friday’s ‘Distance Night in Eugene’ ahead of Saturday’s Diamond League action and marks 40 years since the death of Steve Prefontaine. Farah’s team-mate, Galen Rupp, will compete in the 5000m race where he will be up against Bernard Lagat and Ibrahim Jeilan.