Mo Farah relishing lack of 'pressure' in London Marathon

Galtero Lara
Abril 17, 2018

Mo Farah says his aim is "definitely go after the British record" in Sunday's 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. I'm ranked 27th in the world and I'm just going to stick to my plan.

His only previous marathon, at London in 2014, produced an eighth-placed finish in just over two hours eight minutes, not even good enough to challenge Steve Jones's 33-year-old British record of 2:07:13.

The 39-year-old former glamour model is doing her utmost to spend as much time as possible with her mother, who is battling lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. "When I ran the marathon in 2014 I had to think about saving energy for the track but this year I've gone hard at it", he said.

"This is the biggest race", Farah said.

On the one hand he said "there's only one way to run and that's mixing it with the guys" but he also described the race as part of a learning process in which the British record was his aim.

"On the track I've won most of the medals I could win so each year to motivate yourself gets more hard. If the guys set off at world-record pace, I'll go with them - why not?"

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The 35-year-old will face competition from the likes of Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, and Daniel Wanjiru, the victor of last year's London Marathon, but said he will try to match the main contenders even if they run at a world-record pace.

Certainly Farah appeared more relaxed than past year where barely a press conference went by without him having to fend off questions about his former coach Alberto Salazar, who is still under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

"Maybe. But as an athlete you have to set yourself new challenges".

Farah, who on Tuesday described Lough as a genius, is still working with strength coach Dave McHenry, who has never featured in the allegations being investigated by USADA but who has been involved with the Oregon Project for more than 10 years.

"I'm here to do a job on Sunday", Farah added.

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