“He’s giving me a lot of compliments,” Farah said. “But it’s the hard work. That’s what we do.
“At the end, I just tried to use my speed. That was always my aim. Alberto said you two work together and make your way through. That’s what we did. When I crossed the line I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘Did I really cross the line first?’”
Yep, he really did.
And his training partner was just a few big steps behind.
“I wouldn’t be where I am without him. I’m not going to lie,” said Rupp, the first American to medal in the 10,000 since Billy Mills won gold 48 years ago. “Being able to learn from him, train with him, has been great.”
The relationship isn’t all about putting in the miles. They also find time to squeeze in some friendly video games of FIFA World Cup. Rupp always goes with Manchester United while Farah takes Arsenal.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I’m the lucky one: I get to train with the best middle-distance runner in the world.”