London - European marathon record holder Mo Farah is the first major name to
sign up to compete in next year's London Marathon, organisers announced
The 35-year-old Somalia-born Briton decided to quit the
track after last year's world championships and focus solely on the
It paid off - he set a new European mark of 2:05.11 when winning the prestigious Chicago Marathon in October.
a quadruple Olympic champion having achieved the distance double of
5 000m and 10 000m in 2012 and 2016, said he was looking forward
to pitting his wits against the traditionally strong field the race
"I'm delighted to confirm I'll be returning to race the
London Marathon again next year," Farah said in a statement issued by
the organisers of the April 28 race.
"I've often said how racing
in London is very special to me and the London Marathon gives me the
chance to run in front of my fans, on my home roads, where the
atmosphere is like nothing else."
Farah, also a six-time world
track champion, said he is delighted with the progress he has made this
year although his European mark is some way off the world best set in
Berlin this year by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge of 2:01.39.
feel I have made great strides in the past year, finishing third in
London in April, and winning my first major marathon in Chicago in
October," said Farah.
"That and breaking both the British and
European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against
the best marathon runners in the world.
"London always puts
together a world-class field and I expect that will be exactly the same
in 2019 and I can't wait for the challenge."