British running legend took part in the 3,000m event in the Midlands in his last showing on home soil before retiring
MO FARAH stormed to victory in his final ever track race in Britain at the Birmingham Grand Prix.
The British running legend took part in the 3,000m event at the Alexander Stadium in his last showing on home soil before retiring from track events.
Prior to the race, Farah paraded the track in a white Bentley as he bid the home crowd farewell.
After happily sitting towards the rear of the pack in the early stages, Farah worked his way through the gears in typical fashion.
He was unstoppable on the final lap as he ended his track career on home soil in fitting manner and ultimately charged to victory in 7:38.64.
After the race, Farah claimed: “It’s been an amazing week. I’ve had a little bit of downtime with the family to relax.
“The emotion was high and I had a lot of support from the home crowd.
“I was trying to think about winning the race and the rest of the field.
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“This is what we dream of – having a home crowd cheer you on – and I want to thank everyone who has supported me and followed my journey.
“I never dreamed of becoming four-time Olympic champion and a multi-world champion. All I ever dreamed of was competing for Britain.
“I just want to continue to see what I can do on the road, without having a target on my back, and just try to enjoy it without so much pressure.”
Farah, 34, will race one more time on the track, as he plans to run in the Diamond League in Zurich on August 24.
However, he is planning to reinvent himself as a road runner – with the New York, Boston, Berlin and London Marathons all on his list.
In an interview, Farah claimed: “In my mind, I want to forget about Mo. I want to go start fresh.”
The British star has already written his name in the record books, after winning the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics Games.
After the race, Farah took off his British vest and handed it to team-mate Andy Butchart, who was eighth in the 10,000m at London 2017, telling him: “Now it’s your turn.”
He said: “This is it for me (in a British vest).
“That was my message for Andy: ‘This is me done, take over from me and just inspire them, see what hard work is about and what it takes to be a champion’.”
Looking back on his track career Farah said: “All I wanted to do as a kid was run for Great Britain.
“Now it’s finally done, I won’t be competing for Great Britain, in terms of major championships, I won’t be taking part. It feels a bit sad.
“Obviously I think I will feel it more when I watch it on TV and see the guys, athletes I train with and people I have been in the circle with, I think it might detach me a little bit.
“But at the same time it has been an honour and I wouldn’t change any part of my career.
“If I’m the best at the marathon, I might compete, it depends. But it’s going to take me at least two or three marathons over the next two years to get it right.”
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