Mo Farah to step up to marathon

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Mo Farah has revealed he is ready to make a switch to marathon running after next month’s World Championships.

The double Olympic gold medallist is preparing for the 5,000m and 10,000m races in Moscow
as he continues his domination of the sport.

Farah showed his majestic class in yesterday’s Anniversary Games when he won the 3,000m in stunning style, leaving his competitors trailing in his wake as he won by a good 20m over second placed Ryan Hill.

Farah‘s time of 7.36.85 was a personal best for him. Fans had hoped he would make a challenge for the British and European records but the pace did not suit a record attempt. Now Farah is considering stepping up in distance as a new challenge for himself. And he could go for the marathon in the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

He said: “I’ll be doing the Great North Run half-marathon in September and then I’ll take a break, hopefully somewhere nice, and then get ready for the marathon.

“If I’m good at the marathon and it works well, you could see me in the marathon in Rio. If it doesn’t work out, you could see me back on the track.”

Farah has been the face of middle distance running for so long that he is widely expected to win every race he takes part in. He is definitely different class and the best in the world over 3,000 to 10,000m. And it is the fact he has dominated so easily which is the thinking behind going for the marathon as he seeks a new challenge.

Written by: Ray Ryan