14 Jul

Feud Mars Farah’s Return

Mo FarahMo Farah marked his return to action with victory at the Diamond League in Lausanne but the performance was somewhat tarnished following a post-race altercation with Andy Vernon. The double Olympic champion is alleged to have sworn at Vernon just as his British team-mate came to congratulate him. 

On the field Farah produced a last-lap surge to pull clear of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in a time of 13:11.77. Kejelcha took second (13:12.59) with Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (13:17.17) in third position. Farah’s participation was his first since allegations were brought against his coach, Alberto Salazar. 

Speaking after the race, Farah said: "This is a way to answer some of the critics regarding my coach. Training's been going well, the race was loaded, you had everybody in it. I've answered all the questions as an athlete and all I want to do now is do what I do best and run and enjoy it.”

Yet following his victory, Vernon has claimed that Farah sharply rejected his offer of congratulations: "I went to shake his hand and he turned his back on me. I wanted to bury the hatchet, I'm going up to Font Romeu (a training base in the Pyrenees) in a few days' time and I just wanted to end it."

The latest feud between the pair comes after a series of embarrassing Twitter exchanges, where Vernon questioned the quality of runners Farah pitted himself against, with Farah responding by making light of the lack of titles his team-mate had won.