Tokyo Olympics 2020: Mo Farah to return for 10,000m track event

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Mo Farah will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - but not in the marathon.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist, now 36, has not run a track event since 2017 after opting to focus on marathons instead.

But he will return to the 10,000m event next year in Japan as he looks to defend the consecutive gold medals he won in 2012 and 2016.

"Next year, I'm going to be back on the track and I'm going to give it a go in the 10,000m," he said in a Youtube video announcement.

"Hopefully I haven't lost my speed but I will train hard for it and see what I can do. I'm really excited."

Farah will still need to qualify for Tokyo in order to race.

The six-time world champion, who also lifted gold in the 5,000m events at the previous two Olympic Games, won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in just his third race.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Mo Farah of Great Britain, the double Gold Medal poses at British House on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Farah won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m in the last two Olympic Games (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
British athlete Mo Farah waves as he is presented in the Royal Box on Centre Court at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2019, on the sixth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
He has announced he will return next year - provided he qualifies. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

But by stark contrast he finished eighth in this year’s event - and the famed runner added he decided to return from track retirement after the October run.

“Not straight away, but it was it was on my mind,” he added to the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show. “I watch the 10,000 meters, and watch other races. And part of you gets excited, just like you seeing people winning medals, for your country and stuff, and you ask yourself. It almost felt like I needed to be there.

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“And at that point it got me thinking and then after Chicago, like look, I still believe and I still got that drive and hunger. And all I want to do is just, you know, win races and do what I do best, but at the same time enjoy it.

“And I have enjoyed the marathon and I'm not finished with the marathon. But Tokyo I'd like to go out there and see what I can do for my country in Tokyo Olympics.”

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