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Farah runs half marathon, Weir misses out on record

ESPN staff
April 21, 2013
Mo Farah has confirmed he will run the full distance of the London Marathon next year © Getty Images

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah stuck to his plan of running half the distance of the London Marathon, while David Weir missed out on securing a record-breaking seventh wheelchair victory.

Farah was in a race to get to the start line as he overslept, but arrived just in time and completed his half race in just under an hour. He defended his participation to run after reports he would be paid under half a million pounds to take part in this and next year's event sparked controversy, but he revealed he will run the full course in 2014.

"Next year I'll come and do the full marathon," Farah told BBC Sport. "I've learned the biggest lesson of my life. If I had come here next year and made a mess of the race I don't think I could have dealt with that.

"This year I'll be concentrating on the track. It's hard to do marathon and track racing. The biggest challenge I had was picking up the right drink and I made a mess of that. I'll watch the race back to see how much of a mess I made of it," the 5000m and 10000m champion added.

Weir meanwhile could only manage fifth position in the men's wheelchair race, and missed out on securing a seventh triumph at the event.

The man who clinched four gold medals at last summer's Paralympics was outsprinted at the finish, with Kurt Fearnley of Australia emerging victorious.

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