London - Athletics legend Mo Farah will run his final race
as a track athlete in Britain at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on
August 20, the organisers announced on Thursday.
The 34-year-old - a four-time Olympic champion - had been
expected to bring the curtain down on his track career in Britain when he
attempts a third successive world championship double in the 5000 and 10000
metres at the London Stadium.
The championships - in the stadium where he memorably won
double Olympic gold in 2012 - run from August 4 to August 13.
However, Farah - who warmed up for the worlds with a gritty
win in the 3000m at last Sunday's Diamond League meet in London - will give it
one last hurrah in Birmingham before he turns his focus to road racing,
"I'm really looking forward to what will be my final
track race in Britain at the Grand Prix Birmingham on August 20, and I'm sure
it will be a day I remember for the rest of my life," said Farah on the
Athletics Weekly website.
"To get the opportunity to say goodbye to the track in
front of a British crowd is something that means a lot to me and I hope I can
take everything in.
"I've run many great races at the Alexander Stadium
over the years, and have a history there, so it's a fitting venue for my last
"The meet is only a week after the world championships,
so it will be a great chance for the fans who didn't make it down to London to
see me race."