15 Feb

Mo Looks To Kickstart 2013

Mo Farah

This time last year, Mo Farah embarked on a remarkable 2012 campaign by setting a new British and European indoor two mile record at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham. Twelve months on, Farah, as double Olympic champion, will hope that the Midlands event will once again be the catalyst to a successful season as he prepares to take part in the 3000m this weekend.

Saturday's race is Farah's first after several weeks of altitude training in Iten, Kenya, and will represent his only indoor race of the year. Even though his focus for 2013 will undoubtedly be the defence of his 5,000m title in Moscow, he will be looking for a strong performance in front of an expectant home crowd.

On his approach to the 3000m, Farah gave little indication that he was planning on holding back: "I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August. I always run well at the National Indoor Arena. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that's what I'll be aiming to do."

While the starting list shows Farah to be the clear favourite, the 3000m may be the ideal opportunity to build momentum in the lead up to the World Championships. The form of training partner Galen Rupp - who, in January, ran 3:50:92 to become the fifth fastest miler of all time - will certainly not have gone unnoticed, and suggests Farah may well be looking to offer his own statement of intent.

Live coverage of the British Grand Prix will be shown on BBC from 1pm. Information on the event start list for the 3000m is available here.