Farah puts track return on ice as he sets eyes on Chicago

Mo Farah's potential track return has been put on hold after the four-time Olympic champion confirmed he will compete at the Chicago Marathon in a bid to defend his title.

The news comes just over a week after he declined a chance to compete in the marathon at the World Championship in Doha later this year – sparking speculation that he was set for a return to the track.

But the 36-year-old committed to the Chicago Marathon - which takes place on October 13, just a week after the World Championship 10,000m race in Doha.

Farah said: "I will be returning to the Chicago Marathon on 13 October.

"Winning there last year and breaking the European record was very special and I'm excited to go back to try to defend my title and improve my personal best.

"Having discussed with my team, and to ensure I have the best possible chance of achieving this goal, my focus for 2019 will be solely on the roads."

With a time of 2:05:11, Farah broke the European record in 2018 and will be looking to build on his fifth place in the London Marathon last month.

Having retired from the track in 2017 to focus on marathons, there were rumours that Farah may attempt to claim a fourth successive 10,000m world title - but it seems the focus is on longer distance success for now.

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