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Farah targets London Marathon win

ESPN staff
April 22, 2013
Mo Farah ran half of the full race distance at the London Marathon © Getty Images

Mo Farah believes he is capable of breaking the British record at the 2014 London Marathon, but is more interested in winning the race.

The Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion ran with the leaders for half of the elite men's race before dropping out as planned on Sunday.

And while the Somali-born Briton is confident about his prospects when he steps up to the full race distance in 2014, he has downplayed the notion of a record attempt in 12 months' time.

Steve Jones' British record, set in 1985, stands at two hours seven minutes 13 seconds, while Kenya's Patrick Makau holds the world record with a time of two hours three minutes 38 seconds.

"It has taken me four years to break through on the track," Farah told The Voice. "You do not become an athlete overnight. I think I am capable of the record but who knows? The marathon might not even suit me.

"I have still got time for my career. I believe I still have four or five more years left in me."

Farah felt comfortable with the pace up to the midpoint of the elite race but admitted that the event presented a different set of challenges to track running.

"You have to adjust a lot," Farah added. "You have to change your training around a bit. I do not need to worry about that, as my coach and team know what they are doing.

"The marathon is completely different - it is about saving your energy, staying conservative and working your way through. You have to prepare well and tick every box along the way."

Farah believes his 13-mile run will stand him in good stead for 2014.

"There is a lot I can take back with me including managing my pace. For me coming out here to run half a marathon was awesome. The London Marathon put on a great show. I am looking forward to next year. It is a challenge."

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