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Mo Farah to race 5000m at Anniversary Games

Mo Farah to race 5000m at Anniversary Games

Double Olympic, world and European champion to contest his final race ahead of the Rio Olympics in London

Mo Farah is set to take on some of his Rio Olympics rivals in the IAAF Diamond League 5000m at the Müller Anniversary Games on Saturday July 23.

The double Olympic, world and European champion is due to face athletes including Ethiopia’s Diamond Race leader Muktar Edris and Yenew Alamirew, plus Kenyan Olympic bronze medallists Thomas Longosiwa and Edwin Soi.

This will be the first time that Farah has raced over 5000m at the Olympic Stadium since he won gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

“Racing in the Olympic Stadium is always amazing and I can’t wait to get back to London for the Müller Anniversary Games,” said the 33-year-old. “This will be my final race before the Rio Olympics and I want to give my home fans a day to remember!

“I always get amazing support in London, and with a really tough race ahead I will need the crowd to make as much noise as they can. There’s so many world-class athletes competing this year and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic weekend of athletics.”

Andrew Butchart has been Britain’s breakthrough endurance performer this year and he will also join Farah in the 5000m. The 24-year-old recently broke the Scottish record with a time of 13:13.30 and secured selection for the Rio Olympic Games with victory at the British Championships last month.

Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete in the long jump at the Müller Anniversary Games on ‘Super Saturday’, which is completed by a full programme of para-athletics events with the IPC Grand Prix Final taking place between 12-2pm. Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockroft are among those set to be in action.

Staged on July 22-23, the Müller Anniversary Games takes place just two weeks before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio.

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