Mo Farah to kick-start London 2012 assault north of the border
With London 2012 getting ever closer Mo Farah is planning his attack, starting at Kelvin Hall next month
While people up and down the country are still enjoying a Christmas break, Mo Farah insists his mind is firmly set on starting 2012 with a bang in the build-up to the London Olympics.
As 2011 goes, you will be hard-tasked to find an athlete that enjoyed a better year than Farah, the 28-year-old leaving August’s World Championships in Daegu clutching 5,000m gold and 10,000m silver before finishing third in the BBC’S Sports Personality of the Year Award.
But rather than rest on his laurels Farah is already putting together a plan of action for 2012, starting in Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall on 28 January for a 1500m race at the final Aviva International Match.
The venue holds happy memories for USA-based Farah after he set a new British 3000m record of 7:40.99 minutes there back in 2009.
This competition will be the last time the Aviva GB & NI team compete on home soil ahead of the London Games, something Farah admitted meant he couldn’t stay away.
“It’s going to be really good to compete at the Aviva International Match again,” he said.
“Since I’ve moved out to the USA I really appreciate coming back to the UK to compete and it will be great to get a race so early on in the year.
“It’s been a while since I’ve kicked off the season so early but this year I’m keen to keep up the competition and just take the momentum from one meet to the next.
“Last time I competed at this event I had a really good run and set a new British record.”
Despite now being based across the pond under the close eye of coach Alberto Salazar, Farah is very much a British boy at heart.
And with London 2012 fast approaching he is eager to be in the best possible shape to give a raucous home crowd something to cheer about.
“It’s unreal that it’s almost 2012 but although it really is just around the corner I’m just looking to keep pushing on with what I’ve been doing,” he added.
“I’m training hard with my coach, we won’t be changing our routine too much and I’m trying not to keep looking ahead to the summer and to just take it step by step.
“I certainly don’t want to be wishing 2012 away and I’ll be looking to do my absolute best at every meet I compete in, starting at Glasgow in January.”