Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing

first_imgMo Farah says he has competed for the last time in a British vest after delighting his home crowd with victory over 3,000m in the Birmingham grand prix. The 34‑year‑old made the surprise announcement after handing his GB vest to his team-mate Andy Butchart after crossing the line.“It’s been amazing,” he said. “It’s been incredible. But I won’t be competing for Great Britain again. In terms of major championships, I won’t be taking part.“That was my message for Andy: ‘This is me done. Take over from me and just inspire them. See what hard work is about and what it takes to be a champion.’”Farah, who was also racing on Sunday for the last time on a British track, will next travel to Zurich to race over 5,000m on Thursday before heading to the Great North Run in early September. He is then expected to sign a lucrative one- or two‑year deal with the London marathon.Previously Farah had hinted that he might be amenable to running the 26.2-mile distance at a major championships, either at the world championships in Doha in 2019 or the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, he admitted on Sunday that he had changed his thinking.“It feels a bit sad,” he said. “All I ever wanted to do as an athlete is run for Great Britain. I remember when I did the mini marathon as a kid, I got interviewed and asked what I wanted to do, I said I want to run for Great Britain. To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible.” Share on Pinterest Mo Farah Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics When pressed, Farah said he would consider running in Tokyo only if he found that he was indisputably best in the world over 26.2 miles – which, given his best of 2hr 08min 21sec is more than five minutes behind the world record, seems a tall order.“If I am the best at the marathon, I might compete,” he said, although his body language suggested otherwise. “It depends. But it’s going to take me at least two or three marathons to get it right, to learn from it. It’s not easy.” Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Twitter Farah was also asked about photographs on the running site Let’s Run which appeared to suggest that he was still training with Nike Oregon Project athletes and his coach, Alberto Salazar – who remains the subject of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency – more than he was letting on.“I answered most of the questions last week. I’m done,” he replied. “This is about competing here, doing well and enjoying myself, being myself and normal.”He was more expansive when asked if reports that he had fallen out with British Athletics’ head of endurance, Barry Fudge, were true. “Where did you get that from? Barry is still my mate, still hangs out, is still my right-hand man. He is still part of the endurance camp and is always there. He was in the training camp in Font Romeu, the last phase.” Twitter Team GB Athletics Read more Pinterest Mo Farah tells media: ‘If you say I’ve done something wrong, prove it’ Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Facebook Mo Farah takes off his Team GB vest after his Birmingham grand prix victory. Photograph: Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images news Reuse this contentlast_img