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News21 Jan 2016

Farah aims to make IAAF World Half Marathon Championships debut in Cardiff


British distance runner Mo Farah on his way to victory (© AFP / Getty Images)

Mo Farah has made himself available for selection to the British team for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff 2016 on Saturday 26 March.

The Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion will target the race in front of a home crowd to boost his preparations ahead of another tilt at double gold on the track at the Rio Olympic Games in August.

British Athletics will announce its team on 7 March. If his selection is confirmed, Farah – who is also the European record-holder at the 13.1-mile distance – would make his debut appearance at these championships.

“I’ve never run at the World Half Marathon Championships before, and I know the standard is incredibly high with athletes who really target and train specifically for the event, so I know it will be a hard race,” said the five-time world champion.

“It will be a good chance to try to claim another world title and I know that the British fans will be out in force. I always get amazing support whenever I race in the UK and I hope this will help me along the way.

“My primary aim for 2016 is the Olympic Games in Rio in August but this race will be a good way to build my endurance before I return to the track in the summer. I hear the course in Cardiff is very fast and it may take a personal best to win the race but I’m up for the challenge.”

The 22nd edition on the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship will return to the UK for the first time since 2009. It will also offer 25,000 runners of all ages and abilities the chance to compete in a mass participation race along the fast, flat and iconic course around the Welsh capital.

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