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Mo Farah to make debut at London Marathon

Farah won the hearts of millions at the 2012 Olympic Games with his positive attitude and unforgettable smile.
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Olympian Mo Farah, who currently holds the World Championship titles for the 10,000m and 5,000m races, will make his debut at the marathon on Sunday, April 13 at the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Farah will compete against the world's best, including Wilson Kipsang, who currently holds the marathon world record; Stephen Kiprotich, Olympic and world marathon champion; and Tsegaye Kebede, reigning London Marathon champion.

In 2013, Farah ran the first half of the course as he prepared for his full marathon debut. He then ran his fastest half marathon time at the Great North Run in September 2013, where he placed second.

In a press release issued by Virgin Money London Marathon, Farah commented: “I gained a lot of valuable experience running part of the course alongside the top guys last year and can’t wait to race over the full distance this April.

“I had another great year on the track in 2013, but the marathon is my main focus for this year. As a young boy growing up in London it has always been my ambition to run 
the London Marathon and to be able to make my marathon debut in my home town is very special.”

London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher was quoted saying: “We are delighted to announce another superb elite men’s field for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon, a line-up containing the usual array of record breakers, global champions and worldwide marathon winners.

“Of course, much attention in Britain will focus on the performance of Mo Farah and we are very pleased that he has chosen London to make his marathon debut. But it will be an extremely tough challenge for Mo with the quality of the elite field as high as ever.

“The London Marathon is rightly known one of the hardest races in the world to win, and the line-up of world-class talent we are announcing today shows that 2014 will be no exception.”

The current course record for the London Marathon is 2:07.13.