Mo Farah is set to test his versatility later this month after the long distance star runner was confirmed in Great Britain’s team to compete at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.
Farah, known more for his accomplishments on the track, having won a combined seven goal medals at Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships — will headline the five-member men’s team announced by the British Athletics on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old double Olympic and five-time IAAF World Athletics Track and Field champion, is using the World Half Marathon as part of his preparations to defend his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles at Rio 2016 later this summer.
Farah, the European half marathon record holder, owns a personal best of 59:32, set in Lisboa last March, and he’s looking forward to making his World Half Marathon debut.
“I am looking forward to running on the British team,” he said. “It will be my first time to compete at this championships but I have been training hard and hope to perform well.
“I always enjoy racing in front of a home crowd and I’m sure they will give me and the rest of the British team fantastic support as they line the streets of the city.”
Farah will be joined in the team by five-time Welsh cross-country champion Dewi Griffiths, as well as Scotland’s Callum Hawkins and English duo Matthew Hynes and Ryan McLeod.
European 2014 cross country champion Gemma Steel, who finished seventh at the 2012 edition in Kavarna, leads the five party women’s team, with Charlotte Purdue, Alyson Dixon, Jenny Spink and Rachel Felton also included.
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya will defend his world title in Cardiff this year, with organisers revealing that there will be a large group facing the starter this year.
FULL TEAM MEMBERS
Men: Mo Farah, Dewi Griffiths, Callum Hawkins, Matthew Hynes, Ryan McLeod
Women: Alyson Dixon, Rachel Felton, Charlotte Purdue, Jenny Spink, Gemma Steel