After successfully securing a double gold at the European Championships, Mo Farah has already set his sights on Sunday’s (24 August) televised Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix. Farah’s victory in Zurich will no doubt be a great source of relief during a tumultuous season that saw him withdraw from the Commonwealth Games.
The 31-year-old will compete in the 2 mile event in what will be his first competitive race in the UK this year. Farah will face a strong field that includes; silver medalist Andy Vernon, Emmanuel Bett, Bashir Abdi, Hassan Mead and Zane Robertson.
Speaking after clinching the 5,000m title, Farah, now the most successful individual athlete in the history of the European Championships, said: “I was gutted to have to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games but am really pleased that I’ll be back on the track racing for British fans at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix.”
“I’ve retained my European 10,000m title and hope to be carrying the 5,000m gold medal with me as well when I come to Birmingham next week. I can’t wait to race again in Birmingham, I have competed there many times in the past and the fans always give all the athletes huge support.”
The Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix and IPC Grand Prix Final is the combined finale of the Sainsbury’s Series of major British athletics events. Tickets are available via British Athletics. BBC2 will be televising the event from 2:30-7pm on Sunday.