Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MAN OF THE MOMENT; Paula Radcliffe Backs Farah to Do an Amazing Double - Win His Second Gold of the Games for Team GB in the 5,000m, before His Wife Gives Birth to Twins Next Month. by Matt Majendie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MAN OF THE MOMENT; Paula Radcliffe Backs Farah to Do an Amazing Double - Win His Second Gold of the Games for Team GB in the 5,000m, before His Wife Gives Birth to Twins Next Month. by Matt Majendie

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Byline: Matt Majendie

PAUA LA RADCLIFFE believes that Mo Farah can win twin gold tomorrow night before his wife Tania gives birth to twins next month.

Farah already has a gold to his name after a stunning victory in the 10,000m last Saturday but, after that triple golden night for Britain when Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis also won, Britain has not grabbed any more gold inside the Olympic Stadium.

But Radcliffe is confident that her sometime training partner, who looked laboured in Wednesday's heats, will recover in time for double gold.

"It would be a dream come true for Mo if he won twin gold before the twins arrive," Radcliffe told Standard Sport. "Hopefully Tania [his wife] can watch the action without giving birth!" At A last year's World Championships, Farah took silver in the 10,000m and then returned to the track in Daegu, South Korea, to win gold in the 5,000m seven days later.

"To bounce back from that in the 5k is very, very difficult but he has shown us that he can do it," said Radcliffe.

The Olympic schedule mirrors that of the worlds for the two long-distance races and, having already won medals in both in Daegu, Radcliffe believes Farah can go one better.

Farah has talked of wanting to do the double all year but admitted all along that he had no idea whether his body was capable of being up to the rigours of it despite doing nearly 120 miles of training a week to prepare under American coach Alberto Salazar.

After he could only finish third in his 5,000m heat, there were suggestions in some quarters that he was too fatigued to be able to double up but, with three-and-a-half days between heats and finals, Radcliffe has no concerns."I'm sure he'll be okay and he'll do it. In the heats he was obviously shattered. So often Mo makes it look so easy that people don't understand how hard it is to run both.

"He'd won the gold and it wasn't like it was an anti-climax after it but it's hard after all that atmosphere in the stadium and the adrenalin. It's difficult as I'm sure for him winning that gold was a huge sense of relief. …

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