Friday, January 25, 2013

Farah confirms for 3,000m at British Athletics Grand Prix

Mo Farah has confirmed his participation in the 3,000m at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham in February – his only indoor race of the year. The 29-year-old, winner of the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012, set a British record of 8min 8.07sec when he came second in the same event last year, and is looking forward to performing at the 16 February event at the Birmingham Indoor Arena. "I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August," he said. "I always run well at the NIA. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that's what I'll be aiming to do for next month at the British Athletics Grand Prix." Farah's main aim this year is the defence of his world 5,000m title in Moscow and he believes that his Birmingham run will be perfect preparation. "The big focus is the World Championships in Moscow. I've had a good winter training block and the British Athletics Grand Prix will be the first time that I compete this year, so I'm looking forward to getting back on the track in front of a home crowd," he said. Other Olympians to be competing in Birmingham are the high jumper Robbie Grabarz, the pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, the sprinter Perri Shakes-Drayton and the long jumper Shara Proctor.