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Farah declines selection for marathon at track worlds

Mo Farah

Britain’s Mo Farah poses for the media during a photo call for the London Marathon in London, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Farah will take part in the 39th London Marathon which takes place Sunday April 28. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


LONDON -- Mo Farah has declined selection for the marathon at the world championships in Doha, potentially setting up a return to the track.

Farah, who won back-to-back Olympic doubles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, said in 2017 that he had run his last race on the track and would instead be focusing on marathons.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has been in a class of his own in the men’s marathon in recent years, though, and beat Farah by more than three minutes in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Farah’s coach, Gary Lough, said after the race in London that Farah hadn’t decided if he would be racing the marathon or the 10,000 at the worlds in Doha.

British Athletics says Farah has “chosen to decline” running in the marathon in Doha.