Few athletes have seen as meteoric a rise to international fame as Mo Farah has over the past calendar year. On Friday, Aug. 16, Farah will look to continue his dominance of long distance running by competing in the 5,000-meter run at the 2013 World Athletics Championships.
Expect Farah to solidify his status as the best in the world in that event.
For those who don't know him, Farah, 30, is a British track and field athlete of Somali descent. He shined at the 2012 London Olympics by winning two gold medals in his home country and instantly became one of the most recognizable individuals to emerge from the event.
Just over one year later, he's looking to prove that he remains the top long distance runner in track and field.
The safe bet is in Farah's favor.
The 30-year-old had been picking up gold medals across the globe before he even arrived at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Unfortunately, success in athletic events other than the Olympic games will not always garner the attention it deserves.
Fortunately, the best in the world has the opportunity of a lifetime to become one of the greatest to ever live.
Prior to the 2012 London Olympics, Farah earned gold medals at the 2011 World Athletics Championships, 2012 European Championships and both the 2009 and 2011 European Indoor Championships. Until London, however, he'd never thrived on such a grand international stage.
In front of his home country and the millions watching from their couches, he won two gold medals at the Olympics.
He earned gold in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. With the victory, he emerged as the top long distance runner in track and field and became a legitimate international superstar.
In Moscow at the 2013 World Athletics Championships, Farah has already begun proving his merit as an all-time great.
He won the gold medal in the 10,000-meter run, outdueling Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia by less than one second. You can see just how close it was in the video above.
On Friday, you can also see Farah run in the 5,000-meter race.
There's no question that he has reached the top of his craft, but he's now chasing history. To compete with the legends of track and field, he will need another win—which many believe will help him become the greatest to ever live.
When it comes to track and field, Lord Sebastian Coe is one of the greatest middle-distance runners in Great Britain history. He won two Olympic gold medals in the 1,500-meter run in Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984.
He also won silver medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games in 800-meter races.
With this in mind, it's fair to say that the Hall of Famer is a fair judge of elite talent. Therefore, his recent comments hold a significant amount of weight.
You have to say that Mo is at the very top of the heap but that will be beyond doubt if he wins the 5,000 and 10,000 double here.
To have those doubles, in the Olympics and the worlds, passes so many landmarks. You would be hard pressed not to say that he is the greatest athlete Britain has ever produced. You can't think of anyone else who has produced at such a remarkable level in an event the whole world does.
That's high praise from a man who has his own marvelous resume.
Farah would be amongst the greatest in the history of track and field, regardless of country, if he were to double up at both the Olympics and World Athletics Championships. Upon doing so, he may well take over the ranks as the greatest athlete in his country's history.
At worst, Farah will begin to rival Usain Bolt as the greatest track and field athlete in the world today.