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Farah fitness test for Glasgow games

ESPN staff
July 16, 2014
Farah is hoping to win his first medals at the Commonwealth Games © PA Photos

Mo Farah's participation in the Commonwealth Games later this month will depend on whether he comes through a "big training session" on Wednesday, according to the chief executive of British Athletics.

Doubts remain over the double Olympic winner's fitness after an illness that forced him into hospital in the United States. Farah missed last week's Diamond League meeting at Glasgow, the host city for the games, with abdominal pains but has since been given the all clear to train.

Niels de Vos admits Farah must prove his fitness when he returns to the track on Wednesday at his French training base.

"He has a big session on Wednesday that will decide whether he is fit to come to London and push on to the Commonwealth Games," De Vos told BBC Sport.

Farah is scheduled to run in the two-mile race at Horse Guard's Parade this weekend during the Anniversary Games in preparation for the 5,000m and 10,000m events after being included in England's squad.

The 31-year-old was also named in the British squad for next month's European Championships in Zurich and British Athletics' performance director Neil Black is confident Farah will return stronger after recent setbacks.

"I expect Mo to be at the Commonwealth Games," he said. "That's the plan and there is no reason to think otherwise. He's been assessed. He's got a clean bill of health. And he's incredibly optimistic. He's had a little challenge. He's dealt with it. He's looking forward."

The Commonwealth Games begins on 23rd July with the 5,000m and 10,000m finals taking place on Sunday 27th July and Friday 1st August respectively.

Black, meanwhile, has defended the "straightforward" decision to select James Dasaolu ahead of Chijindu Ujah for the final place in the 100m sprint team for the European Championships.

Ujah, 20, is the only British sprinter to break the 10 second barrier this year but missed out on automatic qualification after finishing third in the UK trials last month. He has been forced to settle for a place in the 4x100m relay team and Black insists the decision to select Dasaolu will be justified.

"James has had two 10.03 performances over the last nine days and he was very deserving of the third spot," he said. "We are all expecting him to run pretty fast and I bet there are a few people worried about him."

Black quashed reports that Ujah's omission was based on the fact he doesn't train at the British athletics camp in Loughborough and insisted he is had been "very understanding of the circumstances".

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