Farah To Race 5,000m At Portland Track Festival

Mo Farah will return to the track this weekend in Portland. Photo: www.photorun.net

The race will be the first for the double Olympic champion since April’s London Marathon.

Mo Farah will line up in Oregon this weekend at the Portland Track Festival, his first race since the London Marathon in April.

The British runner is slated to compete in the 5,000-meter run during the meet, which begins Saturday at Lewis & Clark College and ends the next day. The 5,000m will take place on Sunday.

Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. He lives in Portland and trains under Alberto Salazar at the Nike Oregon Project.

“I wanted to be positive before we committed,” Salazar said in an Oregon Live story last week. “Mo had a great workout today.

Farah recently withdrew from the Bupa London 10,000 because he was not yet ready to return to racing following his 26.2-mile debut in London. Farah finished eighth in that race, recording a time of 2:08:21.

“I would have been disappointed to do my first marathon somewhere else. I gave it my all but I just wish I gave a little bit more to the crowd and all the supporters,” Farah said in a BBC story.

“It was pretty tough. I’m quite disappointed but you try things and if they don’t work, at least you gave it a go. It was really just the pace—I should have gone with the front group. The pacemakers I had were slightly ahead of me but you learn—life goes on.”

Also scheduled to compete in Portland from Salazar’s training group is Jordan Hasay in the women’s 1500m.

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