Mo Farah poised to quit track racing after World Championships and focus on marathons


British hero who won gold over 5,000m and 10,000m at London Olympics aims to compete on the road at Brazil 2016

Mo Farah may quit the track to concentrate on marathon running after the World Championships.

The 2012 double Olympic ­champion showed that he is in great shape by comfortably winning a special 3,000m race at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Now he will go for more track gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Moscow in a fortnight.

He said: “I’ll be doing the Great North Run, then I’ll get ready for the marathon. If it doesn’t work out you could see me back on the track.”

Earlier, Farah relived his glorious moments of London 2012 with another exhibition of his phenomenal talent.

Almost a year on from his twin triumphs of winning the 10,000m and 5,000m at last summer’s ­Olympics, the 30-year-old returned to the Olympic ­Stadium in ­winning style.

Although his attempt to break David Moorcroft’s ­national 3,000m record proved futile in the end, he still produced a personal best of 7mins 36.85secs over this distance, kicking on to glory with just 600m of the race remaining.

Farah said: “I have great memories of this place. I was very emotional coming back because 2012 was such a big year.

“The noise was incredible, almost as close to what we had in the Olympics. It was ­amazing.

“I want to make my country proud and get on that podium at the World Championships in Moscow. I am confident. I am still learning a lot with every race. I respect everyone but always want to win.”

With four laps remaining, it was left to Farah, his US training ­partner Dathan Ritzenhein and pacemaker Tariku Bekele to make a break for it.

But as they entered the home straight for the penultimate time, Farah kicked on, just as he has been doing in recent weeks, and then had one final glory lap for ­himself.

This, however, was no time for celebrating — his Mobot stance was missing on the ­finishing line — as he only had the clock to beat.

And given that he recently broke Steve Cram’s 28-year British 1,500m record, he was clearly capable of setting yet more history in east London.

The time of 7mins 32.79secs set by Moorcroft at Crystal Palace back in July 1982 was firmly in his sights but, in the end, his finish was more than four seconds off.

Farah added: “People are all taking pics of me, tweeting, writing messages on ­Facebook, but that comes with ­success.

“I enjoy all that. I am grateful for all the support.”




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