Farah: I did not intend to disrespect anybody
MO Farah has apologised for his actions at the British Olympic Trials when he riled Cleethorpes-based athlete Tony Whiteman by celebrating 80m from the finish line.
The pair were drawn together in the same heat of the 1,500m in Birmingham, but Whiteman was left seething when Farah launched into his 'Mobot' victory celebration well before the finish line.
Whiteman, a former double Olympian who this year became the first man over 40 anywhere in the world to ever run a sub-four-minute mile outdoors, slammed Farah as being ''disrespectful."
Farah also ruffled a few feathers by withdrawing from the following day's final, effectively denying someone else their chance of battling for London qualification.
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The Grimsby Telegraph's story was picked up by the national press, appearing in the Independent, Guardian and Daily Express among others.
However, after becoming the first man to retain the 5,000 metres title at the European Championships in Helsinki over the weekend, Farah apologised for his Birmingham behaviour the previous week.
He said: ''I got a little bit of stick for it, but I didn't intend to disrespect anyone. Sometimes you get carried away and do a celebration.
''I didn't do the 1,500m final, but it was just to save my legs and to come out here and get a good race and see where I am. I apologise to everyone who bought tickets, but this medal means more than doing the final and getting a medal there."
Meanwhile, Farah also insisted he can still improve. In Helsinki, he took the lead with five laps to go and never looked in danger of being overtaken.
The 29-year-old, who is also world champion over the distance, powered to victory in the Olympic Stadium in 13 minutes 29.91 seconds and, although that was more than 30 seconds slower than his world-leading time in 2012 set in Eugene, Oregon earlier this month, it proved he is capable of winning more tactical championship races.
''There is a lot of stuff to be worked on," Farah said after winning by almost two seconds from Germany's Arne Gabius, with Turkey's Kemboi Arikan claiming bronze.
''I will look back and watch the race and tell my coach (Alberto Salazar) how I felt. He was with my training partner Galen Rupp at the US trials and I told him I would take care of things here.
''The indoor season was disappointing (Farah lost several races and failed to win a medal at the world indoors in Istanbul), but indoors is one thing and outdoors another.
''It seems to be going in the right direction and what really did it for me was Eugene where I ran sub-13 minutes, beating a good field."