Farah sets sights on world hour record

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Ben Bloom

In a ca­reer that has brought him four Olympic gold medals, six world ti­tles and a knight­hood, a world record is one thing Mo Farah has never quite man­aged. Tonight, in Brus­sels, he hopes to cor­rect that.

Three years af­ter his last track race, Farah will at­tempt to break Haile Ge­brse­lassie’s one-hour world record by go­ing fur­ther than 21,285 me­tres be­fore the time is up.

That it is Ge­brse­lassie’s mark he must sur­pass adds ex­tra spice to the rare run­ning of the event given their feud be­fore last year’s Lon­don Marathon, when Farah claimed he had been the vic­tim of a bur­glary at the Ethiopian’s ho­tel and Ge­brse­lassie re­sponded by say­ing the out­burst was an act of re­venge for a two-year “grudge”.

Farah’s last track race was over 5,000m in Au­gust 2017 and he has op­er­ated on the road in the in­ter­ven­ing years, con­test­ing the marathon be­fore an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tion to re­turn to the track to de­fend his Olympic 10,000m ti­tle in Tokyo. He will be 38 by the time the de­layed Tokyo Games take place, but Farah says he hopes a track re­turn will rein­vig­o­rate him af­ter los­ing his joy from the sport.

“I wanted some­thing to ex­cite me so I tried the marathon. I broke the Euro­pean record. It was OK, but I wasn’t so ex­cited as I was on the track,” he said.

On the world record at­tempt, which is the head­line event of the Brus­sels Di­a­mond League meet­ing, he added: “It’s some­thing I’d love to have. Haile’s record [set in 2007] has been there for a long time.”

Head­line event: Mo Farah com­petes in Brus­sels tonight three years af­ter his last track race

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