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Mo Farah to race at Great Edinburgh International XCountry

Edinburgh, Scotland – Mo Farah is targeting a second victory in the Great Edinburgh International XCountry race when he lines up in the event on 7 January.

The Great Britain two-time twice Olympic champion won at the event in 2011, becoming the only Briton to win the senior men’s race in the meet and will be aiming to replicate that result in the Scottish capital six-years later.

Farah competed in the 8,000m event earlier this year but had to settle for second place behind American Garrett Heath with a time of 25:31.

Heath won it in 25:29, while Great Britain won the team title with a score of 36 points.

“Holyrood Park is always a great venue and I’m sure the course will offer the usual challenges,” said Farah on BBC Sports.

The 33-year-old revealed that he returned to full training a few weeks ago and will be using the event to measure is fitness ahead of the start of the indoor season.

“I have been back in full training for the past few weeks and this event will offer me a good opportunity to measure my fitness and see how training is going ahead of the 2017 track season,” he added.

Callum Hawkins of Scotland, who was ninth in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marathon, will also compete in the men’s senior race.

“It will be a great way to kick-start 2017. It’s a good opportunity to compete back on home soil; it’s an event I always enjoy racing in,” Hawkins said.

“This year has been incredible for me and hopefully I will continue to head in the right direction in the New Year.”

The organizers revealed the Great Edinburgh XCountry will be live on BBC One and shown on the big screen at the Park.

It’s free also to spectators.

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