Four-time Olympic Champion Mo Farah announces retirement date
40-year old Marathon athlete Mo Farah has announced his retirement date after finishing 9th at the London Marathon on Sunday April 23. 2023.
He ran 2:10:28 in a 26-2 race fell short of his expectations, reason he wants to stop because his ” body can’t quite do what it used to do.”
To end a glittering career, Farah announced he will compete at the Great Manchester 10K in May before bowing out on September 10 at half-marathon distance.
“The Great North Run is going to be my last-ever run and that will be my goodbye.
“Part of me was wanting to cry [after the London Marathon]. I will miss that feeling, I am emotional today. I want to pass that on.”
” My career has been amazing, my wife and kids have been with me throughout this journey. I want to give time to them now, as well as getting involved in grassroots sport and giving back to this sport.”
His final London Marathon participation race time of two hofurs, 10 minutes and 28 seconds was five minutes off his personal best. On this Farah said: “Training went well and I was confident.
“I thought I could do between 2:05 and 2:07 but you never know with the marathon. I gave it my all but my body just wasn’t responding and that’s when you know when it’s time to call it a day.
“London has been so great to me over the years and I wanted to be here to say thank you to the crowd and the support was just amazing.
“I started here at the mini marathon and to finish here is just incredible. If somebody had said to that kid running the mini marathon that I’ll be Olympic champion, he would never have believed it.
“The sport needs this, we need to give back to the young athletes and teach them what is possible with hard work.”
A gold medalist in the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres at London 2012 and 2016 Oympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A British-Somali long-distance runner. Farah`s ten global championship gold medals (four Olympic and six World titles) make him the most successful male track distance runner ever, and he is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history.