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The Olympics And Pounding Ahead Stride After Stride

13 August 2012

Talent isn’t just for the legends, says Mo Farah’s coach after leading the Briton to his first gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Mo Farah at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki. (Photo credit: Erik van Leeuwen via Wikimedia Commons)

Mo Farah at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki. (Photo credit: Erik van Leeuwen via Wikimedia Commons)

American marathoner and coach Alberto Salazar thought talent wasn’t exclusive.

He was proven right in the Olympics 10,000m race earlier this month when his charges—Farah, and Galen Rupp from America—won gold and silver respectively.

It was the first time a non-African took top spot on the podium in 28 years.

Farah and Rupp trained together under the tutelage of Salazar, whose claim to fame was a hat trick of consecutive New York City Marathon victories in the 1980s.

Farah’s 10,000m gold was the first in the Olympic event for Great Britain since 1985, while Rupp's medal was America’s first since 1964 – and only the third in history.

What is Salazar’s secret to getting talent right? Read more about it in our interview with author Malcolm Gladwell, "Where To Find Talent", featured in Challenge’s Jan/Feb 2011 issue.

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