British distance running legend Mo Farah said yesterday he had no regrets about calling time on his glittering track career to focus on road racing.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist will race his last 10,000m on the IAAF circuit at the Golden Spike meet in the northeastern czech city of Ostrava today. Then comes an outing at the London Diamond League over 3000m, followed by a training camp in southern France to finetune preparations for August 4-13 World Athletics Championships.
It is no exaggeration to say that Farah has successfully overcome Kenyan and Ethiopian team tactics to dominate the 5000 and 10,000m. Since winning silver over 10k at the 2011 world champs in Daegu, the 34-year-old Londoner has enjoyed an unbroken streak of nine global final wins (5000m in 2011, double at 2012 and 2016 Olympics and 2013 and 2015 worlds).
"It's a little bit sad because obviously track is where I made it, where it changed my life in terms of competing at London Olympic Games and winning the double and continuing from there," Farah said of his decision to step away from the track.
"It's been an amazing journey but I have to move on, everything must come to an end at some point. I'm a bit sad but at the same time I have some unfinished business on the road." Farah said he was looking forward to performing in front of home fans in the British capital for the worlds. "It's better to end it on a high. If London goes as well as I want and everything goes perfect, you won't see me on the track again."