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Farah and Vernon go to war on Twitter

Mo Farah is a two-time Olympic champion, three-time world champion, but for all his success, it seems he gets pretty defensive when facing some criticism on Twitter. This afternoon, British teammate and rival Andy Vernon, who finished second to Farah in the European Championships 10,000m last summer, spoke out criticising the strength of the field (or relative weakness, as it were) that Farah will face at the Birmingham Diamond League this weekend.

It has become a trend in British track meets in recent years that top-quality opposition has been kept away from Farah’s races, and this weekend. it appears that this is the case once again, with no major threat to Farah in the line-up. Andy Vernon, it apppears, has had enough, and it’s fair to say it all kicked off between the British pair when he aired his criticism earlier today. Check out the exchange below, and judge for yourself below that: is the field in the men’s two miles simply set up to make it another soft win for Farah on home turf?

 

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Here’s the 10,000m race between the two at the Europeans last summer, back when their battles were confined to the running track:

 

And the men’s two-mile startlist this Saturday which caused the war of words to kick off on Twitter:

Florian Carvalho (FRA) Invited
Dale Clutterbuck (GBR) Invited
Mo Farah (GBR) Invited
Thomas Farrell (GBR) Invited
Jonny Hay (GBR) Invited
Philip Hurst (GBR) Invited
Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) Invited
Paul K Koech (KEN) Invited
Bernard Lagat (USA) Invited
Tom Lancashire (GBR) Invited
Suguru Osako (JPN) Invited
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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
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1 Comment

  1. Liam Treacy
    February 18, 2015 at 12:11 am — Reply

    Mo is a super athlete but a gentleman would’t gloat his athletic superiority like that.

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