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Farah to put speed to the test in 1500m

ESPN staff
June 13, 2012
Mo Farah is ramping up his Olympic preparations © PA Photos

Mo Farah has confirmed he will run the 1500m at the British trials later this month in order to work on his speed prior to his Olympic bid.

Farah is one of Britain's leading gold medal hopes for London 2012, with the 29-year-old set to double up and go for glory in both the 5000m and 10,000m this summer.

The 5000m world champion is wary of the need to improve his finishing prowess and has decided to pit his wits against metric mile specialists in a heat and a final on June 22 and 23 at the Aviva 2012 Trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

"Running the 1500m at the Aviva 2012 Trials is a great chance for me to work on my speed and tactics in a championship format, over two days," he said.

"At the Olympics I'll need to recover as quickly as possible between races, so running two races back to back will be good preparation."

Farah is Britain's fastest man over 1500m this year having clocked 3:34.66 in California last month.

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