British long-distance runner Mo Farah has confirmed that he will be taking part in the Port-Gentil 10km race in Gabon, just two weeks before his expected final London Marathon appearance. The four-time Olympic champion announced earlier this year that he is planning to retire after the 2023 season, making this year’s London Marathon an emotional and significant event for the 40-year-old athlete.
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Farah is currently training in Ethiopia as he prepares for the London Marathon, which is set to take place on April 23. Although he is uncertain whether the marathon will be his last competitive race, he expressed his excitement at testing his fitness during the Port-Gentil 10km on April 8, which takes place 15 days before the London Marathon.
Last year, Farah was forced to miss the London Marathon due to a hip injury, but he is looking forward to his first full marathon since 2019. In September of last year, he won the Big Half in London in a time of 1:01:49. – Read more: The Big Half 2022 results in elite races; Mo Farah and Eilish McColgan take crowns
Although Farah’s personal best over 10km on the road is 27:44 seconds, a time he set in 2010, he clocked 28:46 and was surprisingly beaten by Ellis Cross in his last outing over the distance at the Vitality London 10,000 last year and has only raced seven times since October 2019.
Farah finished third in the 2018 London Marathon, his highest finish in the race. However, this year’s marathon will feature four of the five fastest runners in history, making it a tough field to compete against.
London Marathon is live on BBC in the UK
The 2023 London Marathon will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom on BBC TV, and iPlayer, with live results and updates also available on the BBC website online.
Farah’s participation in the Port-Gentil 10km will be a significant step toward his potential final London Marathon appearance, and fans will certainly be eager to see how well he will perform in both events. His highest London Marathon finish was third place in 2018.
“It has been an amazing career and, for me, to take part in London Marathon is a big deal,” said Farah earlier this year. “I have always said it would be nice to win it one day, but it takes a lot.”