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Mo Farah to run 3,000m at Birmingham Grand Prix

Last Updated: 17/01/13 11:59am

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Mo Farah: Set to run in Birmingham

Mo Farah: Set to run in Birmingham

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has announced he will compete in the 3,000m at the Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham on 16 February.

It will be the 29-year-old's only indoor race of the 2013 season.

Farah, who claimed gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at last summer's Olympics in London, finished fourth in the 3,000m at the world indoor championships in Istanbul last March having twice won European indoor championship gold over the distance.

"I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August," said Farah in a statement.

"I always run well at the National Indoor Arena. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that's what I'll be aiming to do for next month."

Farah believes competing in Birmingham will also serve as good preparation for the defence of his world outdoor 5000m title in Moscow in August.

"The big focus this year is the world championships," he added. "I've had a good winter training block and the British Athletics Grand Prix will be the first time that I compete this year, so I'm looking forward to getting back on the track in front of a home crowd."

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