Sir Mo aims to become marathon man

LONG DISTANCE: Winning the London Marathon will cement Mo’s amazing career. Photo credit: Flickr

BRITAIN’S Sir Mo Farah will run in the 2018 London Marathon next April in his first event over the distance since switching his focus to road racing.

The four-time Olympic champion, 34, retired from competing on the track earlier this year and won the Great North Run for a fourth successive time at the weekend.

“I can’t wait to start a new adventure, starting with the world’s greatest marathon,” said Farah. “The London Marathon is my home race and it is so special to me.”

It will be the third time that Farah has competed in the London Marathon after he took part in the event in 2013 and 2014 but on both occasions never finished the course.

Farah won the 10,000m at the World Championships in London in August – his sixth world gold – before losing his 5,000m crown to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris. He then won his final British track race – the 3,000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting – and was also first in the last track race of his career at the Diamond League event in Zurich.

“When I decided to concentrate solely on the roads from 2018 I knew that I wanted this to be my first marathon,” added Farah. “The London Marathon has been a great supporter of me over the years.”

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