Double Olympic champion looking to work on his speed when he returns to the Alexander Stadium in June

Mo Farah is set to compete over 1500m when he returns to the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on June 7.

The double Olympic, world and European champion last raced over the distance in Monaco in 2013 when he broke Steve Cram’s British record with a time of 3:28.81. It will be Farah’s seventh time of competing at the event and he is looking forward to using the Diamond League meeting as an opportunity to test his speed.

“The World Championships in Beijing is the main aim for this year. Birmingham will be good to work on my speed in a shorter early season race,” explained the 32-year-old, who won 5000m and 10,000m titles at the London 2012 Olympics before again doing the double at the World Championships in Moscow a year later and the European Championships in Zurich in 2014.

“It will be good to step down to 1500m and test myself over a shorter distance,” he added.

“Some of the best middle distance runners in the world will be in the field so I will have to be at my best to compete with them.”

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