Current AW cover star to compete over 3000m at Birmingham’s NIA next month
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is to compete over 3000m at the British Athletics Grand Prix at Birmingham’s NIA on February 16 in what will be his only indoor race in 2013.
Farah, who won a historic distance-double over 5000m and 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is a regular visitor to Birmingham having set a British record of 8:08.07 to finish second over 2 miles in Birmingham last year.
The 29-year-old, who holds a UK 3000m indoor record of 7:34.47, is looking forward to returning to the track and competing against a strong field in Birmingham.
“I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August,” he said. “I always run well at the NIA. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do for next month at the British Athletics Grand Prix.”
Farah finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul last March and then went on to retain his European 5,000m title before adding two Olympic gold medals to the gold and silver medals he won over 5,000m and 10,000m at the Daegu World Championships in 2011.
Looking ahead to the defence of his World 5000m title in August, Farah believes that competing in Birmingham is an important part of his preparations.
“The big focus this year is the World Championships in Moscow,” he confirms. “I’ve had a good winter training block and the British Athletics Grand Prix will be the first time that I compete this year, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the track in front of a home crowd.”
» Find a four-page interview with Farah in the January 17 issue of AW, which you can find here