Mo Farah will be hoping for the same kind of success he enjoyed on the track when he makes his debut at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff this weekend.
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Farah, the multiple Olympic and World champion, will captain Great Britain’s team at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships on Saturday and track star is hoping to take that form over the long distance.
He said he’s honoured to be selected as team leader.
“I am honoured to be selected as captain of the British team for the IAAF / Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships,” he said.
“I have had some great experiences in the sport throughout my career and I am proud to represent my country in this way on Saturday.”
The Alberto Salazar-coached athlete also revealed that his primary focus is on individual and team honours ahead of running a specific time.
“It depends on the weather,” said Farah during his press conference for the meet. “If I’m thinking right, I don’t think you’ll see fast times. I’m expecting a tactical race.
“I’m really excited to be here. It’s part of my journey to Rio so when this came up, it was a no-brainer.
“I want to be here and I love to support the home crowd; it makes a massive difference.
“It’s going to be quite a tough race as Geoffrey is a great athlete – and the other Kenyans too – but hopefully I can go out there and have the crowd behind me.”
One of Farah’s man rivals for top honour in Cardiff, will be the reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya.
Victory for Kamworor on Saturday would see him becoming the first athlete since 2009 to retain his individual title.
“I can say I’m very delighted to get another chance to compete at the World Half Marathon Championships,” said Kamworor, the champion from Copenhagen two years ago.
“I expect stiff competition tomorrow but for me, I’m looking forward to defending the title I won in 2014.
“The team from Kenya is really strong and we’re looking forward to going home with the team title.”
Kamworor won the last championship with a time of 59:08.