British distance Olympic champion Mo Farah has challenged six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt to a race for charity, in a rarely-run one-and-a-half lap race.
And, in a decision that should delight athletics fans around the world, Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record holder over both 100 and 200m, has reportedly accepted the challenge.
Farah, speaking at London’s Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games said he was looking forward to the race.
"He's got his charity foundation, I've got the Mo Farah Foundation," Farah said.
"It would be great to do a distance where people, proper athletics fans, vote in on what distance they think is most suitable (600 or 800m).
"Are you up for that? Come on, you've got to do it. Let's get it on."
Bolt won both the 100m and the men’s 4x100m relay on his return to Stratford at the weekend, and double Olympic champion Farah, who specialises in 5,000 and 10,000m is slowly making a transition to marathons.
However, the Somali-born Brit is known for his explosive pace over the final stretch and the race against Bolt could prove to be a close call.
Bolt, 26, has previously turned down Kenya’s 800m Olympic world record holder David Rudisha's challenge for a 400m race. But a 600m race would be a more even representation of the two styles.
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Source: Al Jazeera