Earlier this summer the distance running world was shocked when four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah failed to make the U.K.’s Tokyo Olympic team. Shortly after his disappointing 10,000m in Manchester this June, he faced another setback: a stress fracture that ended the rest of his 2021 track season. Despite these frustrating circumstances, Farah said in an interview with the BBC that he is not done his professional career yet. He has plans to race in the future, and those plans, he said, may even include a marathon.
@Mo_Farah says he wants a final farewell to the British public before he hangs up his running shoes – either in a marathon/half marathon or even a 10,000m on the track. The 38 yr old isn’t retiring yet – despite a new stress fracture on his left foot pic.twitter.com/bIq67Towtn
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) July 16, 2021
“You know what goes up must come down at some point, so I know my career will (come down) because that’s just life,” he said. “But at the same time I don’t want it to end like this. I want to keep pushing it. And then when I want to finish, I’ll finish.”
When Victoria Derbyshire of the BBC asked him where he thinks his final race might be, Farah said he thought it “will be a marathon or half-marathon.” He added that he’d also like to do one more track event. While he did not give specifics as to how long that track event might be, he implied it will be “somewhere” over 10,000m. Whatever (or whenever) he chooses to run, Farah has one goal: he wants his final race to be a celebration with his fans.
“I want to show people who have supported me through my career from being a young child,” he said “And so if I’m going to do one race then I’d like to get everyone out and show the appreciation and show what I can do.”