Double Olympic, world and European champion Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) has confirmed that he will compete over 1500m at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday 7 June.
Farah, who has won 5000m and 10,000m gold at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships, will step down to 1500m for the first time since breaking Steve Cram’s British record with a time of 3:28.81 at the Monaco Diamond League event two years ago.
The 32 year old will face a stern test against a world class field but is unbeaten at the Alexander Stadium for seven years and set a world record of 8:03.40 for 2 miles indoors at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham in February.
He said: “I’m looking forward to running at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix. The World Championships in Beijing is the main aim for this year. Birmingham will be good to work on my speed in a shorter early season race.
“It will be good to step down to 1500m and test myself over a shorter distance, some of the best middle distance runners in the world will be in the field so I will have to be at my best to compete with them.”
Farah has been victorious in each of the last four years of the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix and believes that the Midlands crowd have played a big part in that.
He continued: “I always enjoy running in Birmingham as the crowd really get behind the athletes and create a good atmosphere.”
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