London Marathon: Britain's Mo Farah determined to learn from capital experience

Last Updated: 13/04/14 1:11pm

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Mo Farah: The Briton finished down in eighth place after a disappointing run

Mo Farah: The Briton finished down in eighth place after a disappointing run

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Britain's Mo Farah admitted the London Marathon had been a baptism of fire after finishing in eighth place on his debut in the capital, but has vowed to return stronger.

The reigning Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion was up against an imposing field which featured four of the 10 fastest marathon runners in history.

World record holder Wilson Kipsang secured a second London title while Farah, who was never in contention after dropping behind the leaders from the start, gritted his teeth to cross the line outside Steve Jones' British record of 2:07:13, which has stood since 1985.

"I'm not going to finish it like this," said Farah after the race.

"I gave it a go. That's all I could do. I'm just disappointed I didn't go out there and give a bit more what the crowd deserve and the people supporting me."
Mo Farah

"I'll be back. It's a matter of experience and learning. It would have been disappointing to do my first marathon somewhere else.

"It's where I grew up. The crowd were absolutely amazing. I just wish I'd given a little bit more to the crowd and the supporters.

"This is my city. It would have been wrong to do any marathon. I had to do it (my first one) here.

"I gave it a go. That's all I could do. I'm just disappointed I didn't go out there and give a bit more what the crowd deserve and the people supporting me.

"The field was tough. You've got Olympic champions just finishing now. It was the strongest field ever put together by the London Marathon.

"I've gone straight in at the deep end, but that's what athletics is all about."

Farah refused to be rushed into a decision on his future, adding: "You try things and sometimes it doesn't work, but you have to give it a go. You learn - life goes on."

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