Olympic hopeful and long distance medal contender Mo Farah has
revealed he plans to sleep in a reduced-oxygen tent throughout the
upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
The athlete is intent on maximising the benefits of the altitude
training he has carried out to date and as a result, he will be
forgoing his usual comfortable mattress and bed to sleep in an environment that
replicates air pressures at altitude.
However, Farah may be forced to do this outside of the Olympic
Village for the duration of the Games, as the Telegraph reports
these tents can each weight up to 42 kg and can be extremely noisy
The tent works by reducing air pressure within it, which in turn
helps the sleeping athlete to boost the oxygen-carrying ability of
their red blood cells - something which is extremely important for
endurance athletes like Farah.
Farah claimed the gold medal in last year's World Championship
5,000 m event, while also picking up the silver in the 10,000 m. He
is presently aiming to bring home the gold in the upcoming Olympics
Posted by Michael Ewing