Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon in preparation for 2020 Olympics

Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon in preparation for 2020 Olympics
Olympic great Mo Farah to run in 2019 London Marathon
(CNN)Mo Farah, Britains most successful distance runner, is set to compete at the London Marathon next year.

• Farah finished third in London race in 2018• I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world

“I feel I have made great strides in the past year, finishing third in London in April, and winning my first major marathon in Chicago in October. That and breaking both the British and European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world.

In his first year as a dedicated marathon runner, Farah finished third in this years race in a British record time of 2hr 6min 21sec, behind the world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

The 35-year-old then ran 70 seconds faster to win the Chicago marathon in October – his first victory over 26.1 miles – in a new European record time of 2:05.11.

The multi-Olympic, world and European champion over 10,000 and 5,000 metres retired from the track after the 2017 season to concentrate full-time on the marathon, having dipped his toe in at London in 2014.

Read more Afterwards Farah promised he could have gone a lot faster and suggested that a low 2:04 or high 2:03 was in his grasp. That is still way behind Kipchoges world record of 2:01.39, set in Berlin in September, but it would give him a serious chance of adding a fifth Olympic medal to his four from London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“Ive often said how racing in London is very special to me and the London Marathon gives me the chance to run in front of my fans, on my home roads, where the atmosphere is like nothing else.

I feel I have made great strides in the past year, finishing third in London in April, and winning my first major marathon in Chicago in October, said Farah. That and breaking both the British and European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world.

London always puts together a world-class field and I expect that will be exactly the same in 2019 and I cant wait for the challenge.

Farah finished third in this years event in London but has since won his first major marathon title by claiming victory in Chicago in a European record time.

Farah is yet to announce whether he will run the marathon at the 2019 world championships in Doha next October, with suspicions growing that he will make a shock return to the track to run in the 10,000m at the same event.

However his coach, Gary Lough, said after Farahs Chicago victory that he might change things up a bit next year and surprise a few people.