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Kipchoge stands in way of Farah London Marathon glory

Mo Farah says turning his attention to running marathons has helped him get his mojo back as he prepares to take on world record-holder Eliud…

Mo Farah says turning his attention to running marathons has helped him get his mojo back as he prepares to take on world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge on the streets of London on Sunday.

Four-time Olympic champion Farah turned his back on the track in 2017 to concentrate on long-distance road running, finishing third in London last year and claiming the European record when winning his first marathon in Chicago in October.

Farah will be keen to focus on the race after the run-up to the event was dominated by an extraordinary feud with Haile Gebrselassie, which has seen the pair publicly swap accusations about events at the retired Ethiopian’s hotel.

Farah, 36, who has hinted that he may come out of retirement from track events and compete at Tokyo 2020, said running marathons had revitalised him.

“I am happy and I am enjoying it,” he said. “I am still waking up in the morning hungry and when I moved on from the track I feel like I am more hungry.

“When I turned up to the track and you are winning so many times you get used to it. I don’t have that. I feel like I have got my mojo back.”

The Briton said his duel with Kenya’s Kipchoge is good for the profile of the sport.

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