Mo Farah challenges Usain Bolt to a race the world of track and field needs

Maggie Hendricks
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Usain Bolt is at the top of his game. The six-time Olympic gold medalist has mastered the sprint, holding the world records in both the 100m and 200m. What else could challenge the Jamaican star?

British gold medalist Mo Farah thinks he has the answer. Farah, who won gold in London in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs, wants Bolt to try distance running.

"It'd be great to be able to do a distance where people vote in what distance will be suitable, and then get a judge and then come in the middle with that distance and train for it," Farah said to the Associated Press after winning the 3,000m at the Anniversary Games. "Bolt, are you up for that? Come on, you got to do it."

Bolt, who made his entrance at the Anniversary Games in London in a rocket ship, said he's up for it.

"That sounds fun. It's going to be hard, but for me it's charity, so it's just all about fun and enjoyment," Bolt said. "For me, I'm up for anything if it's possible."

With three years until the next Summer Olympics, there is time for the two Olympians to have a little fun on the track. It would also be a way to bring interest back to track and field after the sport has experienced a rough patch.

Several stars of the sport, including American Tyson Gay, and Jamaican gold medalists Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown, have been suspended for doping allegations. Injury is keeping Yohan Blake, Caster Semenya and possibly Jessica Ennis-Hill from the world championships starting Aug. 10 in Moscow.

While the decision on distance may take some negotiation, the two could help both their sport and a charity. Make it happen, gentlemen.

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