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Farah right on track after retaining Bupa London title for fourth year

Monday, May 28, 2012
By SAM CUNNINGHAM


On track: Mo Farah celebrates

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Mo Farah retained his Bupa London 10,000m title on Sunday for a fourth consecutive year and declared himself on track for the Olympics.

The Somali-born Londoner, 29, ran the final kilometre in 2min 25secs to finish in 29:21 - just in front of Japan's Arata Fujiwara in second with Britain's Scott Overall in third.

It was well outside Farah's personal best of 27:44 but he said: 'It's all going in the right direction. I've had another year of running and I am feeling stronger now. I am very excited about the Olympics, I just need to stay injury-free and focused. It's just nice to come back here and run in London.'

Elsewhere, Phillips Idowu kept his triple jump preparations on track with his second win in a week at a meet in Holland.

Idowu, 33, jumped a competition record of 17.31 metres at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, Holland on Sunday, improving on his 17.24m jump the previous weekend when he beat world champion Christian Taylor.
Also in Hengelo, former 10,000m world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, 39, failed to qualify for the Games after finishing seventh, almost nine seconds behind winner Tariku Bekele in a race staged as an official Ethiopian Olympic trial.


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