Record breaker Farah targets double world title defence

Double take: Mo Farah wants to retain his 5,000m and 10,000m world titles

Double take: Mo Farah wants to retain his 5,000m and 10,000m world titles

First published in Sport

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah marked his twin daughters' second birthday by breaking Steve Ovett's 36-year British record over two miles in Sunday's Sainsbury's Grand Prix, writes Sacha Clayton.

Fresh from his European double, Farah was back on the track in his homeland and left the field at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in his wake, crossing the line in 8 minutes 7.85 seconds – eclipsing the 8.13.51 Ovett ran in London in 1978.

Farah plans to celebrate his feat on a bouncy castle alongside Aisha and Amani, before hoping to end another extraordinary year with victory at next month's Great North Run.

“This record hopefully will stay,” said the former Teddington and Twickenham resident, following the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meeting.

“It's my girls' birthday today, so that will mean a lot to me, they've just turned two so it's nice to think 'daddy broke the record that day'.

“We're having a bouncy castle tomorrow at St Mary's. I should be alright to go on it, just don't tell [my coach] Alberto [Salazar].

“I'm still thinking about the Great North Run, so you can't ease down. It would be nice to end the year with another win and then I can rest a little bit.

“Alberto got me trained for the two-mile and said go out there and try and win, see what you can do. Early on I felt a bit tired and then as I got into it I felt better and better, so I kept looking at the clock and thought 'you can do it, you can do it'.”

Farah has no plans to continue his dalliance with road racing next year, with the goal of defending his 5,000m and 10,000m world titles in Beijing his big priority.

And despite having little room in his trophy cabinet for more honours, Farah is adamant he will never get tired of what he does.

“I want to be able to continue and achieve medals for my country and hopefully if I can get to another Olympics it would be amazing in my career,” he added.

“I love athletics, I love what I do. I don't see it as a job. That's what keeps me motivated and sometimes getting beaten or ill makes you want it more.

“Sometimes when you're at the top it's harder. When you go through struggles and not got what you wanted you are more determined, you want it more.”

*Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and is committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For more information visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy

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