Four time Olympic Champion Mo Farah as today announced he will be returning to the track to defend his 10,000m title at next years 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
One of Great Britain’s best ever Olympians Farah quit the track events two years ago to concentrate on the Marathon after a successful career which saw him complete the 5000m and 10,000m doubles at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 games in addition to his 6 world titles in the same events.
Posting on social media Farah confirmed his decesion to return to where he as been most successful as he posted;
“Next year, I'm going to be back on the track and I'm going to give it a go in the 10,000m, hopefully I haven't lost my speed but I will train hard for it and see what I can do. I'm really excited.”
Farah who recently finished eighth in the Chicago marathon in October, some way behind the first place finish he produced twelve months earlier when he won the race in what was only his third ever competitive marathon.
He had hinted earlier in the year about a possibly u turn in his career, saying he missed the frequency that track racing provided and he will still need to qualify for the 2020 games having not run in the event for some time.
While Farah also added;
“It's been really exciting competing in the marathon over the last couple of years.
“To win the Chicago Marathon was nice and to finish third in the London Marathon was OK, and it's been a great learning curve for me.”
The decesion to return to the track comes at a time when his career has been under the spot light due to his association with his former coach and mentor Alberto Salazar who has recently been handed a four year ban from the sport for doping violations with a significant number of his runners. Something Farah as always heavily denied as he told press before the recent Chicago Marathon he had “NOT done anything wrong” while claiming it was all just people with an “agenda” against him.