Mo Farah

Mo Farah is predicting “tears and emotion” when he retires from marathon running after the London Marathon on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Please sir, can I have some Mo? Farah says 2023 London Marathon will be his last

Mo Farah has said this year’s London Marathon will likely be his last as he contemplates the end of a brilliant career.

Mo Farah

Mo Farah is predicting “tears and emotion” when he retires from marathon running after the London Marathon on Sunday. Photo: AFP

British athletics great Mo Farah has said this year’s London Marathon will likely be his last as he contemplates the end of a brilliant career.

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The 40-year-old is best known for his success on the track winning gold in the 5 000m and 10 000m at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as several world titles across both distances.

And while his marathon career has reached nothing like the same heights, Farah is keen to run in London again after missing last year’s edition even though he will be 40 by the time of the April 23 race

“It’s been an amazing career and taking part in the London Marathon is a very big deal,” he said in a statement issued by event organisers.

“I was gutted not to race last year and I just want to give it one more shot.

“It depends on my body. I just want to get to the start line and see what I can manage. I’m just taking one race at a time.”

He added: “I’m not a spring chicken any more. You can’t keep coming back in the right shape and, for me, I’d love to be able to finish it at home.”

Mo Farah finished fifth in London in 2019

Farah has ruled out competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, but may yet try to finish his time as a British international at this year’s World Championships in Budapest.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics and I think 2023 will be my last year,” he added.

“But if it came down to it towards the end of the year and you did get picked for your country, I’d never turn that down.”

Mo Farah last ran in London in 2019, coming fifth, having finished third the year before.

“So it’s been a little while,” he said.

“But I’ll be preparing well, I’ll head out to Ethiopia and put in a lot of solid training and see what I can do when it comes to April.”

By Garrin Lambley Β© Agence France-Presse