Mo Farah of Great Britain competes in the mens 3000 metres event during
the London Anniversary Games International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) Diamond League International Athletics championships
at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2013. Photo/FILE
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mo Farah said Tuesday he does not plan to compete at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
reigning Olympic 5,000 metres and 10,000m champion, would be eligible
to run for England at an event where the United Kingdom is split into
its four constituent nations -- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern
Instead his main target for 2014 is to run in the London Marathon, with Farah saying the Commonwealth Games "is not on my list".
But Farah said he'd still to decide if he'd run the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
don't know. It just depends how I come off that marathon," he told BBC
Radio 5 Live. "My aim is to do the London Marathon and that is what I am
fully focused on.
"It's a bonus if I do it, but it is
not on my list," added Farah, born in Somalia but brought up in London,
of the Commonwealth Games.
"I've got to come off the marathon healthy and then I'd make a decision. You've just got to choose one race."
DEPRIVATION OF A MAJOR DRAW CARD
Farah to duck out of running in Glasgow, it would deprive organisers of
the Commonwealth Games -- a multisport event for countries once part of
the British Empire -- of a major drawcard.
followed his Olympic triumph by doubling up to win both 5,000 and
10,000m gold at this year's World Championships in Moscow.
he can only repeat himself in the two longest track races, Farah is now
considering whether to take on the extended challenge of the marathon
"It all depends on how London goes," the
30-year-old said. "(The) Olympics is a big one. After London I'll have a
chat to my coach."
"It's pretty crazy to say that in my first ever marathon I'm going to shave three minutes off," Farah said.
you look at the world record it's slowly been broken before, from 2:04,
2:03. To say I'm going to shave that off is completely crazy.
don't think (two hours) is going to be broken in the next 10 years or
even beyond that, maybe even 100 years, because if you think about it,
it's really difficult.
"The rumours actually started because my sponsors, Nike, are working on a shoe called 'Sub Two-Hour'.
"They keep working on that, and that's how the rumours started. I never actually said it."