Farah hoping for fast start to 2015 in Birmingham

14 November 2014 / 11:38

Mo Farah insists he will start as he means to go on in 2015 after confirming his double world title defence will begin at Birmingham's Indoor Grand Prix on February 21.

Farah replicated his feat from the London 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships by winning 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the European Championships in Zurich this summer.

The 31-year-old will bid to do the same at next year’s World Championships as he returns to Beijing having failed to escape his 5000m heat at the 2008 Olympics.

And Farah admitted he is aiming to get his defence off to a fast start when he competes in Birmingham in three months time, looking for his fifth Indoor Grand Prix victory.

“I’m really looking forward to competing at the Grand Prix,” Farah said. “It is without doubt one of the best indoor events in the world and I’ve got great memories of setting three British records here over the years.

“My last track race was in August at the  Birmingham Grand Prix where I finished my track year with a win over 2 miles, so it would be great to start 2015 in the same way in front of the amazing crowd.

“It’s set to be an amazing event and it will be great to see where my fitness is at. 2015 is a big year for me as I’ll be defending my 5,000m and 10,000m world championship titles. It would be great to get the year off to a strong start and put on a good show for the athletics fans in Birmingham.”

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