'It was like being in the ring with Anthony Ogogo' says Mo Farah
Olympic 10,000-metre champion Mo Farah had one fellow athlete on his mind after he finished his 5,000-metre heat yesterday.
‘It was like being in the ring with Anthony Ogogo!’ said Farah, ‘As soon as they saw me there was a lot of barging and pushing. I’m the smallest or something.’
Coincidently it was Mo Farah who had inspired Anthony to a comfortable victory over the talented and hard punching German Stefan Haertel. Ogogo won the bout 15-10 to secure a guaranteed place on the podium.
‘You know what, I was watching Mo Farah the other night and I’m a big, tough boxer but I’m not scared to say I had a little tear in my eye – and Jess Ennis,’ said Ogogo.
And as Anthony prepares for next opponent Brazilian Esquiva Falcao, he knows he is only 18 minutes away from achieving his ultimate dream and an Olympic gold medal.
The Brazilian is no stranger to Anthony, he was the fighter who essentially denied him a place at the Olympics at last years world championships, when he beat Ogogo to earn himself a bronze medal.
It was a painful fight both emotionally and physically for Anthony, he acquired an extremely painful shoulder injury that was to hinder his training for some time.
‘Last time I boxed him, every time I threw the right it felt like my arm was going to come off,’ said Ogogo. ‘I've got two good arms now so I'm looking forward to doing battle with him.’
One thing is for certain though, come Friday the popular Lowestoft boxer will have thousands of fans roaring him on like their lives depend on it. And Anthony is in no doubt he’ll deliver what they’ve come to see.
‘I'm ready. I'm ready to overcome my last loss on the biggest stage of them all. I want my place in that Olympic final. I want the whole nation roaring me on. The venue, the atmosphere, the exhilaration of hearing the crowd chanting your name, that's what I live for, it's what I train for, diet for and work so damn hard for. I want the opportunity to fight for the gold medal and more than anything I want to become Olympic Champion. To do that I must beat the Brazilian on Friday afternoon.’
Best of luck Anthony.