London Marathon chief urges Mo Farah to take inspiration from Kipchoge | Mo Farah
Mo Farah has been urged not to make any hasty decisions about retirement and to take inspiration from world record holder Eliud Kipchoge when he returns to run the London Marathon on Sunday.
Farah, who turns 40 in March, has looked a shadow of her best over the past two seasons. However, London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher said it would be wrong to write him off after some poor performances.
“I think Eliud is proving at 37 and running a PB that the age barriers that we thought existed don’t necessarily exist now,” Brasher said.
“I think what we should do is give Mo time to decide what he wants. A bad performance, a few bad performances, doesn’t mean people should write someone off. It’s a absolutely superb athlete and he will always be welcome.
“I hope he runs incredibly well, but you can never tell because the marathon is the hardest thing. If you’re not 99% to 100% you’re not going to make it. is really very difficult.
Farah has yet to give any indication of his intention to retire, although he failed to qualify for the Olympics last year or any major championships in 2022. And Brasher has clearly indicated he would be delighted for him to race in London next year – and also promised him a special retirement when he finally decided to quit.
“The door will always be open to Mo – he is Britain’s greatest endurance athlete in terms of the number of Olympic gold medals and world championship gold medals. We have a long history with him, going back to the mini-marathon by the fact that we supported him throughout his university journey, which is not publicized.
“When you look at what happened with Paula Radcliffe, her last race was at the London Marathon in 2015. It was the most incredible send off that I think the UK crowd could ever give to anyone. any athlete and they came out in their droves. Whenever Mo decides to do his last marathon, we absolutely wish it was in London. I think the public would like that. It should be celebrated.