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Commonwealth Games: Golden boy Mo Farah could be on the edge of greatness

By Robert Jones

Mo Farah could be in line for his two toughest races in years at the Commonwealth Games, according to former 5,000 metres world record holder David Moorcroft. Moorcroft, however, reckons two more gold medals over 5,000m and 10,000m in Glasgow would crown an achievement that would never be repeated.

Farah, the double world and Olympic champion, has seen his build-up to the Games hampered by illness and a lack of races.

The 31-year-old was admitted to hospital with abdominal pains, forcing him to miss the Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park and last Sunday's Anniversary Games.

His only track appearance this year came over 5,000m in June, while his two other races – the New York City Half Marathon in March and the London Marathon the following month – hardly went to plan.

He collapsed after crossing the line in New York and could only manage a disappointing eighth on his marathon debut in London.

Moorcroft, the 1978 Commonwealth 1500m champion, said: "I think it could be his two toughest races for many years (in Glasgow), but he's already a legend, that can never be taken away.

"If he was able to do the double at the Commonwealth Games, which is really hard because of the Kenyans and other Africans, in the four years between 2010 and 2014 he'll have done something that no other athlete has ever done and probably no other athlete will ever do in the future – that is to be double gold medallist at Commonwealth, European, world and Olympic (level).

"That is staggering, almost unbelievable and to do that within a four-year period when he's gone from being a really talented athlete to dominating the world is truly astonishing."

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