Mo Farah returns to familiar surroundings to spark Olympic bid

Mo Farah will return to Birmingham's NIA next month as he looks to get his London 2012 bid off to the perfect start

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Mo Farah enjoyed a successful 2011 Photo: Aviva

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Mo Farah will be hoping lightning strikes twice this year as he looks to spark his London 2012 assault into life at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The 28-year-old couldn’t have asked for a much better 2011, going on to become 5,000m world champion in September, also leaving Daegu with 10,000m silver to his name.

And the event that kickstarted his impressive year came in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena in February when he stormed to a new British and European indoor 1500m record with a winning time of 13:10.60 minutes.

Farah will return to the NIA next month to contest the two-mile event at the Aviva Grand Prix, tipped to break John Maycock’s ten-year British record of 8:17.06 minutes in the process.

But whatever happens Farah is grateful to have the chance to get out in front of a home crowd again with the Olympics fast approaching.

“The field at Birmingham will be world class, it always is, and it’s exactly what I need in an Olympic year,” he said.

“I don’t want to go to a meet and know that it will be an easy run. Right now I want to be racing against the best and being pushed to run faster.

“That allows me to work on my race strategy, to keep my head right during the race and to hopefully finish up with a positive result.

“Birmingham’s a pretty special place to me, I’ve competed there so many times and I’ve had some great races there.

“My family are always around when I’m competing in the UK and that’s something I really love. There are so many familiar faces in Birmingham and it’s important for me to keep up those connections now that I’m based in the US.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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