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How did Mo Farah finish at Port-Gentil 10km? Will he be ready for the London Marathon?

Mo Farah finished eighth in the Port-Gentil 10km race. As for his readiness for the London Marathon, it is unclear as there has been no official statement from him or his team.

Mo Farah of Great Britain after winning at the 2017 World Championships

PORT-GENTIL, Gabon (April 9) – Mo Farah’s performance at the Port-Gentil 10km in Gabon on Saturday (April 8), has raised questions about his readiness for the London Marathon 2023, which is set to take place in just two weeks. Meanwhile, Kenyan athletes swept both the men’s and women’s podium places after dominating the races.

Mo Farah Struggles at Port-Gentil 10km Ahead of London Marathon

Farah, who is a four-time Olympic champion, finished eighth with a time of 30:41, almost three minutes slower than his personal best of 27:44.

The British long-distance runner has been training in Ethiopia as part of his preparation for the London Marathon, which he is hoping to compete in for the first time since 2019. Farah, who failed to complete the race at the 2020 edition, missed the 2022 London Marathon due to a hip injury, and he has announced that this year’s event could be his last race before retirement.

Despite his impressive record on the track, Farah’s performance in Gabon has left many wondering if the 40-year-old will be able to compete at his best in the upcoming marathon.

Vincent Kipkemoi of Kenya won the Port-Gentil 10km with a time of 28:11, followed by his compatriots Boniface Kibiwoott and Boniface Kibiwoott, who finished second and third, respectively.

In the women’s contest, Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya won with a time of 32:13:00.

Port-Gentil 10km Results

Men’s 10km Road Race Final

  1. Vincent Kipkemoi – Kenya (28:11:00)
  2. Boniface Kibiwoott – Kenya (28:22:00)
  3. Emmanuel Kiprop – Kenya (28:29:00)
  4. Cleophas Kandie Meyan – Kenya (28:36:00)
  5. Chimdessa Debele – Ethiopia (28:55:00)
  6. Moses Kibet – Kenya (29:41:00)
  7. Daniel Kosen – Kenya (30:02:00)
  8. Mo Farah – Great Britain (30:41:00)
  9. Silah Mitei – Kenya (32:12:00)

Women’s 10km Road Race Final

  1. Beatrice Chepkoech – Kenya (32:13:00)
  2. Naomi Chepngeno – Kenya (32:28:00)
  3. Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei – Kenya (32:37:00)
  4. Chancia Mimbale – Gabon (36:26:00)
Glen Andrews is one of World-Track main writers for long distance and marathon running. Andrews, who competed in cross country during his High School and college years finds passion covering these events. He's also run a few marathons in his time, and still hopes to qualify for Boston.

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