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Athletics: Back to the track for Mo Farah?

Ahead of Mo Farah's much-hyped marathon debut in London on Sunday, few expert observers believed he stood any chance of winning. But his lacklustre eighth place finish and modest time of 2hr 8min 21sec, which only puts him in the second-tier elite category and failed to even threaten a nearly 30-year-old British record, will be leaving the track star questioning if he has a future on the roads.

Athletics: Farah ready to take step into marathon unknown

Mo Farah is all set for the unusual experience of being a 'first-timer' in a major race when the British track star makes his marathon debut in London on Sunday. It was in London two years ago that Farah won gold in both the Olympic 5,000 metres and 10,000m, joining a select group of athletes to have triumphed in both long-distance races at the same Games. It was a double he repeated at last year's World Championships in Moscow but, while he is used to controlling the pace on the track, Farah now faces a field full of top-class marathon runners.

Mo races into unknown territory

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Like many of the 30,000 who will toe the line at the London Marathon on Sunday, Mo Farah will do so with a certain amount of trepidation, vowing to follow the amateur's mantra of "respect the distance, be patient and see where it takes me". Farah's ultimate target, however, is some way removed from the rest of the field as, in his first crack at the revered 26.2 mile distance, he is planning to take on and beat one of the best elite fields ever assembled.

Athletics: Farah says he's fine after NY half-marathon fall

Britain's double Olympic and world 10,000m and 5,000m champion Mo Farah insisted Sunday his fall and frightening collapse after the New York City Half Marathon was "no big deal". The Somali born star took a hard fall some five miles into the race. He made a gritty recovery to finish second behind Geoffrey Mutai, who won in 1hr 00min 50sec. Farah collapsed after the finish line and left in a wheelchair. He made it to the post-race press conference, however, and said he felt good, if a little cloudy on just what happened.

CGames: Farah set to miss Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah said Tuesday he does not plan to compete at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The reigning Olympic 5,000 metres and 10,000m champion, would be eligible to run for England at an event where the United Kingdom is split into its four constituent nations -- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Instead his main target for 2014 is to run in the London Marathon, with Farah saying the Commonwealth Games "is not on my list". But Farah said he'd still to decide if he'd run the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Athletics: Farah lifts lid on park brawl with stranger

Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah has revealed that he once became embroiled in a fist-fight with a stranger while training in a park in London. The Somalia-born Briton, champion over 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres at both last year's London Olympics and this year's World Championships, made the revelation in his new autobiography, which is being serialised in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. Farah said that the incident happened on Christmas Day in 2009 after he asked a couple with a pram not to block a path in Richmond Park in southwest London.

Athletics: Results down to hard work, not drugs - Farah

British distance running star Mo Farah has refuted suspicions that his startling form is down to drugs, saying that it was solely hard work that got him atop the podiums at the London Olympics and Moscow worlds. "I work hard at what I do," Farah told the Daily Telegraph from his altitude training base at the French Pyreanean town of Font-Romeu. "If I didn't I wouldn't be up here in the mountains, spending more than six months a year away from my wife and kids. That's why it hurts."

Brilliant Farah completes distance double double

By Justin Palmer MOSCOW (Reuters) - Briton Mo Farah added the world distance double to the one he achieved at the London Olympics when he bravely held off the Ethiopian and Kenyan challenge in belligerent style to win the 5,000 meters on Friday. He needed all of his famed final-lap speed to come home in 13:26.98, ahead of Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:27.26) and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech (13:27.26), six days after winning the 10,000 meters in Moscow.

Athletics: Farah bids to emulate Bekele, Bolt returns

Britain's Mo Farah will bid to become the second man to achieve the double of the world and Olympics 5000 and 10000 metres titles while Usain Bolt begins his defence of the 200m on Friday at the World Athletics Championships. Farah, who won an emotional double gold at the Olympics last year in the Somalia-born athlete's adopted home city of London, produced a courageous display to win the 10000m last Saturday and starts firm favourite to defend his 5000m title.

Athletics: More Russian walk glory as Farah coasts

Elena Lashmanova handed hosts Russia a second race walking gold on Tuesday, as Britain's Mo Farah advanced to the 5000m final in his bid for a middle-distance double. After Aleksandr Ivanov's victory in the men's 20km walk on Sunday, it was Olympic champion and world record holder Lashmanova's turn in the women's 20km. The 21-year-old led a Russian 1-2, coming through the line in sapping, humid conditions just 3sec ahead of teammate Anisya Kirdyapkina.
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