Great Britain's London 2012 Olympic Medal hopes' preparations for the games are in full swing and going successfully. Mo Farah (15/8 To Win 10,000m Gold) got his outdoor season underway after a disappointing World Indoor Championships, which saw him return home without a medal, by winning the Bupa London 10,000m.
Farah, the 5,000m World Champion outdoors, ran a steady pace but kept control at all times, waiting until the final 200m to stretch his lead, running the 10km in 29 minutes and 21 seconds. Speaking of his victory, Farah (11/8 Bronze Or Worse In 10,000m) commented: "I am definitely pleased with the run. My main aim was to come out and win it, rather than worry about the time. And I did that. I've just got to stay injury-free, stay focused, it's not long to go now."
Farah was positive on his Olympic training plan, and philosophical when quizzed about his no-show at the World Indoors in Istanbul, saying: "Training's going well, I've done a good block so it's going in the right direction. Things are going well and to plan. The indoors is done now, we forget about it and move on. It was a nice way to start the outdoor season. It's a big year and I'm looking forward to it."
British heptathlete Jessica Ennis (13/8 To Win Gold) meanwhile is having the perfect run-in for the London 2012 Olympics. Earlier in the week she had bizarrely been labeled "fat" by a top level official at UK Athletics, having lost both of her world titles in the space of seven months. Ennis answered her critics in some style this week, scoring 6,906 points in the heptathlon ad the Hypo Meeting in Austria.
The score saw Ennis (11/4 Bronze Or Worse) surpass the British Record set by Denise Lewis in 2000 before she won Olympic gold in Sydney, and is also a world all time top-ten score. "I am so happy. To have scored what I scored, I brought the long jump back, proved my javelin's in a better state, I'm over the moon," Ennis said. "It's something that's been at the back of my mind and I wanted to achieve, but I didn't want to put too much pressure on it. Now I have the record I am very, very pleased."