Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elite Athletes Line Up to Race at the College Where Farah Learned to Win

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elite Athletes Line Up to Race at the College Where Farah Learned to Win

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Byline: Anna Davis

MO FARAH'S former university is set to attract more elite athletes because of his Olympic success.

The double gold medal-winner studied for a foundation course at St Mary's University College in Twickenham. He shared a house on campus with other runners in 2001, spent eight years training at the university's endurance, performance and coaching centre, and is still a regular sight on the track there.

Professor Dick Fisher, head of 2012 preparations at St Mary's, said: "Now the quality of athlete wanting to come here will go up. We have had a huge number of applications and the quality of the intake is improving." St Mary's is the country's leading university for training long-distance runners. The coaching centre has about 120 athletes, including student Ross Murray and former student Andy Baddeley who both represented Team GB in the 1,500 metres.

Professor Fisher said: "We are a small institution but for endurance running there is nowhere better in the country. …

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