Apr 19, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT
London gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain, who’s set to make his marathon debut in London Sunday, said he’s comfortable with the security measures in the wake of the Boston bombings.
“For me, this is home, this is a great city… and for what we did at the London Olympics you shouldn’t be worried at all,” said Farah, who watched the attacks on TV from his training base in Portland.
“You don’t want to see anything bad in sport. All my support goes to the people that got hurt and their families. Here in London, we’ll be wearing that black ribbon and we’ll be running for the people out there.”
Farah won the 5000m and 10000m double gold medals at the London Games last summer, and is set to run only the first half of the London Marathon before attempting to covertly duck out somewhere along the 26.2 mile course.
Women’s 2011 marathon world champ, Edna Kiplagat, who’s also set to run in London Marathon added her confidence in the security measures for Sunday:
“I know what we saw in Boston has given London the need to be prepared and I believe they are now prepared for anything that can happen,” Kiplagat said Thursday. “I hope that they have set the security to be and we expect it to be in the warmup area, the course and at the finish-start line, and even everywhere in the city. It’s better that there is maximum security.”
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