Mo Farah will not allow Boston tragedy to affect London Marathon plans

Mo Farah will definitely run in the London marathon on Sunday and has no plans to change his security arrangements or schedule before the race in the wake of the terrible events at the Boston marathon.

Farah will fly into London on Tuesday afternoon and prepare for the marathon as normal before dropping out after running the first 13 miles of the race as planned, with the race going ahead following meetings between the organisers and the Metropolitan police.

Farah's agent, Ricky Simms, the director of Pace Management, said: "I can confirm there is no change to our plans for Mo. He will be coming to London."

Last weekend, before the two explosions in Boston which killed three people and injured more than 100 others, Farah spoke about his "excitement" in competing in his home city again following his double gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012.

"The London marathon is one of the biggest marathon races in the world," he said. "It's special. It's quite exciting for me as I saw a lot of great athletes running it when I was a kid. And after the Olympics it will also be good to give something back to all the people who are going to come out on the streets and watch."

Farah also revealed his joy at competing in the London marathon as a 15-year-old. "It was the mini-marathon – a mile and a half race for different age groups," he said, smiling. "I ran for my club and I won a little trophy.

"It was a great feeling and I've always wanted to do the full marathon one day. We went past the high street on the way back home and I was on TV. I was like 'I'm on TV! I'm on TV!' I was 15 so it was very exciting."

Speaking from his training camp in Portland, Farah also said he would be treating his visit to London like any other race. "I'm going to run the marathon next year so it's just about practising everything. The press, waking up earlier, what to eat. Road racing is different from the track too.

"But it will be the same as any other race. They pick you up, you stay in a hotel and you leave."

After yesterday's tragic events in Boston it will not be as straightforward as that but Farah is determined to press on and come to London.

Meanwhile Farah's sponsors Nike have released a statement saying they are "deeply saddened by the events at the Boston marathon and our sympathies go out to those impacted".

Powered by article was written by Sean Ingle, for on Tuesday 16th April 2013 21.26 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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