Mo Farah To Test Himself Before London

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 3, 2012
  • Updated May. 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM UTC
British runner Mo Farah will head back to London in July. Photo: Getty Images

He trains in Oregon but will return to his roots in England this summer.

Mo Farah isn’t a runner to dismiss easily. After all, the Somali-born British citizen is the reigning world and European 5,000m champion.

And on Wednesday, Farah confirmed that he will use the Aviva London Grand Prix on July 13 as a critical part of his pre-Olympics training.

“It’s nice to race back home as I miss London and it’s not until you’re back you realize how much you miss it,” admitted Farah, who trains in Portland, Oregon under the watchful eye of Alberto Salazar.

“At Crystal Palace we always get a great crowd and I’m really looking forward to competing on home soil before the Olympics. I think home support really gives British athletes an edge over our rivals, and that support will not only make a massive difference to us at Crystal Palace but also at the Games.”

Farah continued his outdoor success from last summer on the indoor track this past winter. He set the European and British two-mile record at the Aviva Grand Prix in February.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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