10,000 metres men World Championships in Athletics 2019
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Mo Farah hints at surprise return to track at the 2019 world championships
Mo Farah has given his strongest indication yet that he will make a shock return at the world championships in October, to run in the 10,000m.
The 35-year-old (who moved to the marathon last year), said watching Laura Muir storm to European Indoor 3,000m and 1500m gold made him realize how much he missed the track.
Farah, who had returned from a training camp in Ethiopia to compete in London's Vitality Big Half, also said he did not think the 10,000m had moved on since he claimed his third world title two years ago in London.
Gary Lough (his coach), hinted last year the 10,000m in Doha 2019 was a possibility, but this is the first time Farah has confirmed it. And while he stressed no decision would be taken until after the London Marathon, he said running in Doha and a city marathon in November is feasible.
Farah also paid tribute to the British athletes next generation, such as Dina Asher-Smith and Muir, saying their success over the past year illustrated the power of belief, hard work, and good preparation.
“It is great to see Dina and Laura doing so well,” he said. “We have a younger generation coming through believing. They used to look at you asking: ‘How can you do that?’ and it shows what you can do if you work hard and graft and have a good programme.
“In your mind if you believe enough then you can achieve it. If they can do well at the Euros, then why not the world stage and the Olympics?”
The 35-year-old also indicated he may not retire after 2020 Summer Olympics, as has been widely assumed, and that he would keep running as long as he was competitive. “Eliud Kipchoge [the marathon world record holder] is showing us the way. What he’s doing [at 34] is incredible.
“As long as my body lets me continue what I am doing and I keep enjoying it, then I will keep doing it. 2020 is not too far away. My aim is to keep enjoying it, keep running, and win the London Marathon.”
Farah, who faces former London Marathon champions Wilson Kipsang and Daniel Wanjiru over 13.1 miles on Sunday, confirmed he was in good shape for the race. “I would love to be able to run really fast but with the course it is not ideal,” he said.