Following his Chicago Marathon win, Mo Farah’s coach has hinted the Olympic champion may return to the track

Mo Farah wins Chicago Marathon

Following his Chicago Marathon win at the weekend, everyone is waiting to hear what Sir Mo Farah is training for next. Yet in a surprise move, Farah’s coach, Gary Lough, has hinted that the four-times Olympic champion may be taking a break from 26.2 miles and making a surprise return to the track at the world championships in Doha next year.

Farah won the Chicago marathon on Sunday, setting a new European-record time of 2:05:11. Following this, Lough announced that the 35-year-old might “surprise a few people” in 2019, before adding that his plans for Doha had not been firmed up yet.

Quoted in The Guardian, Lough said “I think he will sit down with a few of us and look at his general plan for next year. He really wants to run the world championships, but what he runs at the world championships hasn’t been decided.” Lough added he was “not suggesting anything”, but that Farah “might change things up a bit next year and surprise a few people.” 

Lough has also warned Kipchoge, the current marathon world record holder, that Farah is on his heels. Saying: “Eliud has been doing this a long time. We don’t know what he will do between now and Tokyo and we don’t know what Mo will do. But if I was stepping on the line against him in a marathon in the Olympics I would be worried about Mo Farah.”

In a week where runners all over the world wait for the London Marathon ballot results, Farah has kept pretty quiet about his spring marathon plans. He might return to London, where he set a British marathon record this year, or take on Boston on 15 April.

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