Farah warned to expect a Rio ‘war’

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Reigning double-Olympic champion Mo Farah has been told to expect a 'war' in Rio this summer as he aims to defend his 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles.

Farah was one of the star performers in London four years ago but Kenya's head coach, Julius Kirwa, has claimed that his runners have prepared like an army squadron heading into battle in their bid to scupper the British distance great.

"Our preparations for the Games are not based on an individual, another totally different one may emerge," said Kirwa.

‘In any case, we are going for war. And when preparing for war, you don’t know whether you will be ambushed or survive."

Kenya won just two golds on the track at London 2012 and are determined to reclaim their title as the long-distance kings as they prepare to do battle with Farah again.

Kirwa has confirmed that Paul Tanui, Bedan Karoki and Geoffrey Kamworor will compete against Farah in the 10,000m, while Charles Yossei Caleb Mwangangi and Isaiah Kiplangat will take on the all-conquering 33-year-old Briton in the 5,000.