British runner Mo Farah high on confidence ahead of world titles

Somali-born British star runs personal best at Diamond meet, a sign he is ready for Moscow

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 July, 2013, 3:55am


Many athletes can hardly speak after running hard over 3,000 metres, but Mo Farah could hardly stop chatting about his chances of tasting more success at the world championships in Moscow next month.

A year on from the greatest day of his sporting life, the Somalia-born Briton Farah was just as impressive as he romped to victory cheered on by 60,000 adoring fans at London's Olympic Stadium.

After winning in a personal best of 7:36.85 at the Diamond League meeting, the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion, who also holds the world and European titles at 5,000m, said: "Right now I could not be more pleased with my build up to the worlds.

"And winning in this way was just another step towards giving it a really big shot in Moscow.

"I am in great shape and ready for it now. I can't wait for them because you want to hit the major championships when you are hitting your own peak. I feel that is happening, so there will be no excuses if I don't do well there.

"I'll go to St Moritz to train ahead of the world championships, and hopefully, I'll get on the podium there.

"Of course, it is going to be very tough in the worlds. The competition will be fierce again, and I will need to be as good, if not better, than 12 months ago. There are guys who will see me as a danger because of last year, but I will only care about me and concentrate on my own performances."

Farah took over the spotlight from Friday's 100m drawcard Usain Bolt, who still had the last say on Saturday when he anchored the Jamaica 100m relay team to victory in a meeting record of 37.75 secs.

Bolt, who won three Olympic golds last year to make it six in total, was even more positive about the possibility of setting a world record at the world titles after a Diamond League meeting which recreated some of the London Games atmosphere.

The fastest man on the planet insisted: "I would love to set a new world record in Moscow. We will have to wait and see, but I feel like I am gradually getting to my best and you never know."

However, Britain's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, 26, was far less confident about her Moscow prospects after running a solid 100m hurdles and finishing well down in the long jump while battling an Achilles tendon injury and is unsure if she will be fit for Russia.

"It's frustrating, because I always want to be at my best and I'm obviously not at my best at the moment," Ennis-Hill said.