Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah insists that he is in good shape to run this year’s London Marathon despite having collapsing at the end of the New York half-marathon at the weekend (March 16th).
Following on from his success at the London 2012 Games, where he took gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 m, the runner has been focusing his attention of longer distances, eyeing the 2014 marathon in his home city as his debut in the 26.2-mile event.
As part of his preparation for this, Farah took part in last year’s marathon, but ran only half the distance, with this weekend’s New York race providing one of his last competitive events before the London showpiece itself.
However, after appearing to be in contention for the gold medal, Farah unfortunately tripped as he made his way through the streets of the Big Apple, eventually coming second.
An exhausted Farah then collapsed as he crossed the finish line, requiring treatment from paramedics before being taken away in a wheelchair.
Despite this, the runner insists that he remains in good shape to take part in the London Marathon on April 13th, describing his collapse as “no big deal”.
This is good news for anyone who had planned on travelling to the capital to line the streets on the day of the race, with the chance to see the Olympic champion in action providing one of the main attractions.
Taking place through the city centre, the marathon route will pass by several of London’s most famous landmarks and is expected to be lined by millions of spectators, with the atmosphere at this annual event always electric.
With Mo Farah taking part this year, the 2014 edition of the race is set to be one of the most exciting ever, and what better way to recover after a tiring yet thrilling day than by relaxing at the nearby Montcalm Hotel?