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Olympic Champion Mo Farah to run in 2019 London marathon



Britain’s Mo Farah will run in next year’s London Marathon on 28 April, organisers have announced.

The four-time Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion was third in this year’s race, his first over the 26.2-mile distance since quitting the track.

Farah, 35, finished in two hours, six minutes and 21 seconds to break Steve Jones’ 33-year-old British record.

Farah won October’s Chicago Marathon in a new European record and wants to race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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The Somali-born Londoner won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2017 four months after winning his sixth world title on the track – the 10,000m in London – and then announcing his retirement to focus on marathon running.

Farah won 10 Olympic and World gold medals and two silvers during six years of track domination at major championships and also claimed a record fifth successive Great North Run in September.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith has been named in the five-strong shortlist for the 2018 IAAF Female Athlete of the Year award.

The triple European champion is joined by fellow sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas.

Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam, Colombian triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen and steeplechaser Beatrice Chepkoech from Kenya complete the list.

The award will be presented on 4 December in Monaco.

In August, the 22-year-old became the first British woman to win triple European Championship gold, claiming the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in Berlin.

She also won 4x100m gold at the Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 200m – a race won by Miller-Uibo.