Farah gears up for Gateshead

Double Olympic champion set to star at the European Athletics Team Championships in June

Posted on April 26, 2013 by
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Mo Farah (Mark Shearman)

Mo Farah has confirmed he will form part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead in June.

The double Olympic champion will headline the team’s challenge for victory as they look to make the most of the home advantage at the venue where Britain won the trophy for the first time 24 years ago, when the competition was known as the European Cup and featured separate men’s and women’s competitions.

“I am delighted that Mo Farah has made himself available for the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead,” commented UK Athletics head coach, Peter Eriksson.

“To be able to field your strongest team is what any head coach would want in order to continue building on our GB team successes.

“To have a double Olympic champion lining up will be great for the team and the home crowd, and I expect Great Britain to be in the mix for the title across a weekend of great athletics action.”

The competition, which takes place over two days on June 22-23 and now combines team scores, is most likely to see 30-year-old Farah compete over 5000m or perhaps the 3000m, with the team going up against opponents from Belarus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and Turkey.

Previous editions of the event have seen Germany and Russia crowned champions, while Britain has finished third, second and fourth.

Farah was victorious over 5,000m at the inaugural Team Championships event, as it is now known, in 2009. He followed up his success in Portugal by defending his title a year later in Norway.

Perri Shakes-Drayton is another big name who hopes to feature in the team come June. Despite her recent success over the flat, the 24-year-old dismissed speculation that she might make a sole switch to the flat, confirming her interest in competing in the 400m hurdles at the Gateshead International Stadium.

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