Having captured gold medals in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, Mo Farah has his eyes set on new goal in 2014: winning the Virgin Money London Marathon.
However, don’t expect the 30-year-old to cruise to an easy victory. Not only has Farah never competed in a top-level marathon event, but the opponents he’ll be facing are formidable. Racing against Farah will be the likes of Wilson Kipsang (owner of the marathon world record), Stephen Kiprotich (Olympic gold medalist in the marathon), Tsegaye Kebede (Olympic bronze medalist), Emmanuel Mutai (course record holder), and Ibrahim Jeilan (who, like Farah, has never run a marathon, but who beat Farah in the 10,000 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu).
Unfazed by the stiff competition, Farah told reporters he feels confident due to having run half of the marathon last year:
I gained a lot of valuable experience running part of the course alongside the top guys last year and can’t wait to race over the full distance this April.
The London Marathon always attracts the world’s best runners to its elite fields and this year will be no different. I am expecting it to be one of my toughest races and a real learning experience.
I had another great year on the track in 2013, but the marathon is my main focus for this year.
As a young boy growing up in London it has always been my ambition to run the London Marathon and to be able to make my marathon debut in my home town is very special (Inside the Games).
The Virgin Money London Marathon will be held on April 13. You can learn more about the race here.
[Source: Inside the Games]