Mo Farah launches third Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at Olympic Stadium

Mo Farah performs the mobot at Team GB's London 2012 victory parade. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Po

Mo Farah performs the mobot at Team GB's London 2012 victory parade. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

Record-breaking runner Mo Farah is hoping to relive the London 2012 experience when he returns to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park track this summer.

The double Olympic champion revisited the iconic stadium this morning to launch the third Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, hours after breaking the indoor two-mile world record.

Featuring some of the biggest names in world track and field, Farah is planning to savour the experience of the three-day athletics extravaganza, which begins on July 24.

“It’s an incredible atmosphere with the people getting behind you,” he said.

“Getting that feeling from 2012 of 75,000 people cheering for you in your home town was just amazing.


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“To be back in the Olympic stadium will bring back that feeling.”

Farah, who stormed to victory in the 5,000m and 10,000m in 2012, bagged his first ever world record on Saturday at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

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Crossing the line in a time of eight minutes 3.40 seconds, the father-of-two was pleased to round of a week that saw him embroiled in a Twitter spat with British team-mate Andy Vernon.

“It was awesome,” he added. “It was something that’s been on my mind for a while and training’s gone really well, so it was nice to be able to see everything come together.

“[The row] didn’t really affect anything really. I knew what I wanted and I’ve achieved what I wanted.”

A big Arsenal fan, the 31-year-old looks forward to cheering on the Gunners when they face West Ham over the coming years, with the stadium housing the Hammers and UK Athletics from 2016.

“It’ll be good for football, but we can’t get carried away,” he explained.

“This stadium’s for athletes and the Olympics has left something behind.

“What I want to do is bring my kids here in the next 10 to 15 years and watch athletics too, as well as football.”

Ticket registration for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games opens at 9am tomorrow.

For more information visit britishathletics.org.uk/british-athletics-series/sainsburys-anniversary-games.

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