Usain Bolt Accepts Challenge From Mo Farah to Race for Charity

Olympic medalist Usain Bolt accepted a challenge from Britain's Olympic middle distance champion Mo Farah to race for charity.

Jul 31 2013, 1:19am CDT | by

Usain Bolt Accepts Challenge From Mo Farah to Race for Charity
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Usain Bolt versus Mo Farah in a race for charity

Bolt reportedly accepted Farah's challenge in a showdown of two Olympic gold medalists to meet over 600 meters, per ABC News Australia. Farah told Sky Sports it would be great to have running fanatics vote on what distance would be deemed appropriate. 

"It would be great to do a distance where people vote in - proper athletics fans - on what distance they think is most suitable.

"Are you up for that? Come on, you've got to do it."

He also emphasized that the proposed race's proceeds would go to their respective charity foundations. 

Bolt watched Farah's interview and said the match pitting him against Farah should be fun.

"That sounds fun.It's going to be hard but it's charity so it's all about fun and enjoyment. I'm up for anything, anything's possible."

Britiain's The Independent reported on Monday the distance of the race will be between 600 and 800 meters. Bolt didn't approve of a distance of 1,500 meters.

"It's way too far. Six hundred for sure I can try because I've done 600 meters in training."

This seems to be a compromise of sorts as Bolt is more accustomed to a distance of 100 or 200 meters while Farah is used to 5,000 or 10,000 meters. 

As far as predictions go, Simon Hart of the Telegraph says former runners with experience in the sprint and endurance varieties believe the 26-year-old Bolt would be hard-pressed to edge Farah, who has raised his game to new heights.  

Farah erased a 28-year-old record established by Steve Cram in the 1,500-meter dash early in July and also ran an impressive 50.89 seconds in the 5,000-meter event in Gateshead last month. 

Bolt, the Jamaican who won Olympic gold in record time in the 100 and 200-meter events in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, should be able to hold his own. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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