By Jonathan McEvoy
Salazar said: ‘When Mo came to me 18
months ago, he was a skinny distance runner with a great engine but no
upper body. At the end of races, he would tire and his head would bob
around and his arms would flail.
was the weakest athlete I’d ever trained — in terms of core strength
and being able to do push-ups, sit-ups and single-leg squats. He was a
‘The No 1
thing that has helped Mo is not the 110 miles a week he puts in on the
road, but the seven hours a fortnight in the gym.’
The Farah-Salazar collaboration has
proved a triumph after Farah travelled to Portland, Oregon, to work with
the former New York marathon specialist at the start of last year.
Speaking to the Evening Standard,
Salazar added: ‘When Mo takes off his shirt, coaches who have worked
with him just can’t believe how ripped he is.’ The Cuban said Farah
gained a surge of energy from the crowd on the final straight that took
him clear of his challengers in Saturday night’s 5,000m.
also Mo dug deeper than I have seen any athlete do. You’re talking
about a man who has more heart, more guts and more soul than any athlete
I’ve ever seen,’ said Salazar.