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Farah's recipe for rankings rise

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The 23-year-old is also second behind Ireland's Alister Cragg in this year's European rankings - making him an obvious contender for the continental championships in Gothenburg next month.

 

Farah, whose new regime incorporates a "no parties, no drinking, no silly things" lifestyle, lives in Teddington with a group of like-minded Kenyan athletes - including Heusden winner Micah Kogo.

 

"I hope nobody starts to hang a European Championships medal round my neck now," he said.

 

"I set out last night aiming to get under 13:20 and qualify for Gothenburg."

 

Farah's new recipe for success includes a sensible balance between enjoyment off the track and a commitment to training.

"You've got to have a social life and go out with your mates - but the priority is running," he said.

 

"I'm training twice every day, having massages after each one, doing some core stability exercises, a little bit of weight training - and sleeping. That's all.

 

"Staying injury-free is important. But I know I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, especially in world terms."


 
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