Britain’s Sir Mo Farah says he will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2019, and may be entertaining the idea of a return to the track for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Farah won this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, breaking the European marathon record, and finished third at the Virgin Money London Marathon, breaking the British marathon record earlier this year.
“Get me down!”
— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) November 20, 2018
Farah spoke to Britain’s Guardian newspaper yesterday, confirming he will return to London next year (he is considered the hometown favourite), and did not quash speculation that he could still dominate in the 10,000 metres.
Farah, 35, has two Olympic golds in the 10,000m, as well as three world championships, and though he officially retired from the track after the 2017 World Championships, he’s quoted as saying that he missed the track, and that he felt he could still perform well. And further, that he would compete at whatever distance he felt would be most likely to win him a medal for Great Britain.
.Chicago marathon..!!! Great win…!! YeeeeZzzzz pic.twitter.com/MPcS5ecVQh
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) October 9, 2018
Of course, like most champions, Sir Mo is not known for the modesty of his goals. If he were to win an unprecedented third gold medal, he would rise above his peers (like Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie) who have also triumphed twice.
Farah even speculated on the possibility of a return to the track as early as next year’s world championships in Doha. Much will depend partly on how things go in London in April, which are five months before the world championships.
And though Farah thinks he still has more marathon speed in him (his PB, set in Chicago, is 2:05:11), he isn’t so brash that he doesn’t concede 2019 London and Berlin champion Eliud Kipchoge‘s superiority in the marathon. (Kipchoge beat Farah by two minutes in London, and his world record is almost four minutes faster than Farah’s Chicago clocking of 2:05:11.) Farah says he welcomes the chance to compete against him and learn from him.
“I’m still hungry,” he says.