The four-time Olympic gold medallist is targeting the event as a “key part” of his preparations ahead of the London 2017 IAAF World Championships

Mo Farah is set to compete at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist has said the event forms a “key part” of his preparations ahead of the London 2017 IAAF World Championships next summer.

Farah’s last appearance at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in 2015 saw him break the indoor world record over two miles and the 33-year-old is looking forward to competing again in the West Midlands in the new year.

“The Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham is always a great event to be a part of, and I’m looking forward to returning to a city where I’ve had so much success over the years,” he said.

“The crowds in Birmingham are always fantastic to compete in front of and I have many special memories of competing here. The event will be a key part of my preparations as I look towards the IAAF World Championships London 2017 later in the year.”

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to Birmingham in February having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the cities alternate hosting the event up to 2020.

Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics said: “Mo Farah is one of Britain’s biggest sporting superstars. It will be phenomenal to see him race again in Birmingham at the number one indoor event in the world.

“This year is very special for athletics in the UK and for all British athletes. The fact that Mo has selected the Müller Indoor Grand Prix as a key race in a world championship year is significant. I think we may see something very special when he takes to take track in Birmingham on February 18.”