Athletics: Mo Farah to make Birmingham his British track farewell

Mo Farah (centre) celebrates after winning the men's 3000m race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in London.
Mo Farah (centre) celebrates after winning the men's 3000m race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in London.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - Athletics legend Mo Farah will run his final race as a track athlete in Britain at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Aug 20, the organisers announced on Thursday (July 13).

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 5,000m and 10,000m at the London Stadium.

The championships - in the stadium where he memorably won double Olympic gold in 2012 - run from Aug 4 to 13.

However, Farah - who warmed up for the worlds with a gritty win in the 3,000m 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, primarily marathons.

"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," he said 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 track race.

"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."