- Family, friends, and the London football club -- Arsenal -- that Mo Farah adores are now thousands of miles and many time zones away, a self-imposed exile which suits Britain's 5,000-meter world champion just fine. Swapping London for the U.S. state of Oregon, Farah left his world behind so he can focus on his Olympic rendezvous this August.
"In America, here, you just train, you just eat, train, and just get on with training," Farah says. "It worked out well, to be away from everything else, and I can just concentrate on my running and be away from all the media and everything else."
For "everything else," read "great expectations." Farah goes to the London Olympicsas one of Britain's brightest stars. The Olympic host nation welcomed him when he was a skinny boy from Somaliawith very little English. Now it is looking to him for at least one medal, ideally gold. There'll likely be consternation and mourning if he doesn't produce one. England expects.