Athletics: Farah has marathon in his sights
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[December 20, 2016]
DUBAI (Reuters) - Mo Farah has
unfinished business with the marathon but accepts it will take time
to master the distance when he steps away from the track after next
season's world championships.
Farah's back-to-back Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 meters gold medals and
five world titles make him one of the greatest distance runners of
The Briton plans to bow out after the world championships in London
next year and will then turn his attention to the roads.
Farah ran a relatively disappointing 2 hours, eight minutes and 21
seconds in his only marathon, in London in 2014.
That time, still behind Steve Jones's 1985 British record of
2:07.13, is almost six minutes outside Dennis Kimetto's 2:02.57
world record and considerably slower than the times being run by the
leading Africans to win the big-money Marathon Majors.
"I do have a lot of plans to run the marathon," Farah told Reuters
on Monday. "My aim is to get the world champs out of the way then
see what I can do on the road.
"I believe I have to learn about the event, I have to understand
what it takes.
"I'm good on the track but it's taken me years to be able to get
there. And same thing on the road.
"My first marathon was two hours eight, it was okay but it wasn't
great. To be able to mix with the guys Iíll need to run a lot faster
By the time Farah, now 33, does turn his attention to the classic
distance he might find that 2.02 is no longer enough.
Talk of a sub-two hour marathon has been a staple among athletics
fans for years but gained new impetus last week with Nike's
announcement of its "Breaking2" project for a focused attack on the
mark, albeit in a controlled environment somewhat at odds with the
traditional road race format.
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Athlete Mo Farah poses for photographers at the world premiere of
the film "I am Bolt" in London, Britain November 28, 2016.
Farah, a Nike ambassador, said he was intrigued to see what they
"It's good in a way to see what they can do and that theyíre looking
that far ahead because I believe that if you do get ready for it,
it's possible," he said.
"I don't know how long it will take - a year, two years, three
years, but if you try hard then itís possible and it's great that
Nike have put a massive investment into it and let's see what they
(Writing in London by Mitch Phillips, Editing by Ed Osmond)
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