Olympic and world champion Stephen Kiprotich has disregarded Mo Farah’s decision to run Sunday’s London Marathon less than a month after collapsing at the end of a race has been questioned by three of his rivals in an interview with BBC.
But Uganda’s Kiprotich suggested the Briton should continue to concentrate on shorter distances.
He said: “I don’t see why he’s running the marathon. He’s still good on the track, still running a mile in under three minutes 50 seconds.
“Maybe the problem is that the fans are the ones pushing him.”
Britian’s Farah, the Olympic and world champion at both 5,000m and 10,000m, will make his full marathon debut in the 26.2-mile race on Sunday, having run the first half of last year’s event.
The Briton needed treatment after the New York Half Marathon on 16 March.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, who beat Farah to win in New York, said: “To handle sickness is not easy – perhaps I would relax and prepare for another time.”
Another Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, winner of the 2011 London Marathon said: “Sometimes it’s good to start with a small race – not so fast or with such a strong field.