Mukhtar steps up London bid in Kenya

Leading the way: Mukhtar Mohammed, blue vest, sets the pace in training in Kenya with the UK endurance athletes team
Leading the way: Mukhtar Mohammed, blue vest, sets the pace in training in Kenya with the UK endurance athletes team
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PROMISING Sheffield athlete Mukhtar Mohammed is taking the high road to success with altitude training in Kenya.

The 800 metre specialist, from Parson Cross, who was a former Academy prospect for Sheffield Wednesday before turning his attentions full time to athletics, has joined a group of elite British track and marathon runners in Africa for the first of two preparation camps.

After being selected by UK Athletics to be part of their World Class Performance Programme, Mukhtar’s coach, his brother Mustafa, said the camp in Iten, Kenya, was a further boost to his hopes of being selected for next summer’s Olympic Games in London.

He said: “He reached his targets last year of winning the under 23 European Championships and running under one minute 46 seconds. We’re not rushing to make the Olympics but one of his targets is to make the team for London. These camps are ideal preparation, particularly with the World Indoor championships next year.”

Mukhtar, who turns 21 on December 1, has been in Kenya since October 26 and will come back on December 8. He’ll go again later in the year until January 25 and then take part in indoor meetings Glasgow and then the world trials in Sheffield on February 11 and 12.