Farah sets sights on world hour record
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