Four-time Olympic champion intends to defend his 10,000m title at the Games in Japan

Mo Farah is to return to track racing and has set his sights on defending his 10,000m title at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 10-time global gold medallist announced his decision to switch from track athletics to road racing after claiming his sixth world title in London in 2017.

He went on to break the European record when winning the 2018 Chicago Marathon in 2:05:11 and finished third in last year’s London Marathon but placed eighth in Chicago in his most recent race over 26.2 miles and has never competed in the event at a major championships.

Earlier this year Farah admitted he was still tempted by a track return and on Friday the 35-year-old confirmed his decision to target the Tokyo 10,000m in a video on YouTube.

“Next year, Tokyo 2020, I’m going to be back on the track,” he said.

“I’m really excited to be competing back on the track and to give it a go in the 10,000m.

“Hopefully I haven’t lost my speed but I will train hard for it and see what I can do.”

After winning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m gold at the London 2012 Olympics, Farah retained both titles in Rio four years later and his CV also includes three wins in each of those events at the IAAF World Championships from 2011 to 2017.

His marathon debut came in 2014 in London when he ran 2:08:21.

“It has been really exciting to compete in the marathon for the last couple of years,” Farah said.

“To win the Chicago Marathon as a major marathon, that was nice, and to finish third in the London Marathon, that was okay, that was good.

“It has been a great learning curve for me, doing the marathon and to run a British record and European record.

“The training for it was totally different to the track.”

Farah’s announcement comes the day after UK Athletics confirmed that the national governing body had commissioned an independent review into its dealings with the now-disbanded Nike Oregon Project, following the four-year ban handed to former Oregon Project head coach Alberto Salazar.

Farah is now coached by Gary Lough and is based back in the UK but worked with Salazar in Oregon until 2017.

In September 2015, UKA said it had found “no reason to be concerned” about the engagement of British athletes and coaches with the Oregon Project, but the governing body has been criticised for using Salazar as an advisor and allowing Farah to work with him.

Salazar has denied any wrongdoing and is appealing his ban, while there is no suggestion that Farah has violated any rules.

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