Mohamed Farah has admitted his Tokyo Olympic marathon mission stopped him from retiring years ago. Marathon fans can book their Olympic Marathon Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

The ten-times global track champion has confirmed he has no aim of returning to the track for the Olympics next year, despite plotting how he can possibly beat leading Eliud Kipchoge and the marathon world record holder in a “brutal” Tokyo head to head.

Farah is aiming for a record 6th Great North Run win in a row on Sunday five weeks before defending his Chicago Marathon win from last year. He allows he’s still on “a massive learning curve” to understand the ambiguities of the event.

Sir Mohamed Farah is a command for his sixth straight Great North Run crown on Sunday but he cannot take home the prize money. That is because British and overseas professional elite athletes who contest by the agreement are not available to win the money that is on offer.

Only unprofessional runners can compete for the prizes, which are given out to the first five eligible applicants to cross the line. Farah, however, will not be running the event for free. He will be paid a publicity fee for taking part although that the same is the case for all major global running events with similar agreements in place for the likes of the London and Boston Marathons.

In an interview with Steve Cram, he said: “It would be nice to have another one. I have no regrets with what I have done but I do not want to look back one day and think, ‘that year, I was fit. Perhaps I should have gone to the Olympics, maybe I could have won a medal.”

Six-time world champion Farah who finished third in the London Marathon last year has yet to race at a major championship over the 26.2-mile distance. He ran two hours five minutes 11 seconds to win the Chicago Marathon in October a success he says gave him “massive confidence” for London. England officials will meet early next week to discuss selections for the World Championship in Doha.

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