Mo's hungry for medals - Jackson

Former world hurdles champion Colin Jackson believes Mo Farah's hunger for medals was behind his decision to compete in this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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    Last updated: 14 May 2014, 18:17 BST

    Former world hurdles champion Colin Jackson believes Mo Farah's hunger for medals was behind his decision to compete in this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    After months of uncertainty, Farah confirmed on Monday that he would represent England at Hampden Park, although he has yet to decide which event to contest.

    The 31-year-old could attempt the 5,000 and 10,000 metre double he achieved in the London Olympics in 2012 and at the World Championships in Moscow last year, or even the 1,500m, a distance at which he holds the British and European record.

    "It's great for the Commonwealth Games and I actually had no doubts that he was going to compete," Jackson told Press Association Sport.

    "He's an athlete who likes winning championships. He's demonstrated that, he's never shied away from competition.

    "The year of the Olympic Games he still ran the 5,000m at the European Championships in Helsinki when everybody said they weren't going to go, they were going to concentrate on London 2012.

    "Mo went there and won the 5,000m title and came back and did the double at the Olympics. He's an athlete who proves that if you prepare well you can deliver on a consistent level."

    One event Farah seems certain not to contest in Glasgow is the marathon, with his coach Alberto Salazar advising him to forget about the discipline until after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Farah finished eighth on his marathon debut in London in April.

    "I had no huge expectations, I just wanted him to finish it successfully," added Jackson, who is promoting Go Dad Run, a series of 5k runs for men and boys aged 14 and over that will take place in Cardiff, London and Birmingham on June 14-15 to raise funds for and awareness of Prostate Cancer UK.

    "I still think he can go out there and break Steve Jones' British record. He's got the speed, he's got the endurance, now he just needs the practice of running these types of races which makes a difference."

    The marathon opens the athletics programme in Glasgow on July 27. The 5,000m final takes place that evening, with the 10,000m on August 1.

    It remains to be seen if Farah will also compete in the European Championships in Zurich, which take place from August 12-17.

    "I don't think there is a problem with the schedule at all, I had to do it with Manchester and Munich (in 2002)," Jackson added.

    "The people who may suffer are those who do the real long distances as it may take too much out of their legs, but Paula (Radcliffe) won the 5,000m in Manchester and the 10,000m in Munich."

    ::Men can enter via godadrun.co.uk/ and the event costs £15 for those 18-and-over and £10 for those aged between 14 and 17.

    Last updated: 14 May 2014, 18:17 BST

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