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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 July 2006, 18:21 GMT 19:21 UK
Farah plays down Gothenburg hopes
Mo Farah
Farah was second in the European Cup 3000m in June
Mo Farah is playing down his chances of success at the European Championships after becoming Britain's second-fastest runner over 5,000m on Saturday.

The Londoner, 23, clocked 13 minutes 9.4 seconds in Heusden, Belgium, to sit behind former world record-holder David Moorcroft (13:00.41) in the rankings.

"I hope nobody starts to hang a medal round my neck now," said Farah ahead of next month's showpiece in Sweden.

"What happens in Gothenburg just depends on the day."

What happens in Gothenburg just depends on the day

Mo Farah

Farah has closed the gap on Ireland's Alister Cragg in this year's European rankings, making him an obvious contender for a podium place in Sweden.

But he added: "I may be up there with those guys now, but a lot of them have much more experience than me."

Farah lives in Teddington on the outskirts of London with a group of Kenyan athletes, including Heusden winner Micah Kogo.

And the Somalia-born athlete believes his regimented lifestyle is helping him produce the sort of times that are making his rivals sit up and take notice.

"I'm training twice every day, having massages after each one, doing some core stability exercises, a little bit of weight training - and sleeping. That's all," he said.

"Staying injury-free is important. But I know I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, especially in world terms."

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