Mo Farah starts Olympic season with win at Djibouti half-marathon

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By Sven Busch
Saturday March 6, 2021

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah win his first race in six months, as he begins his quest for a Tokyo Games track medal in 2021.

Mo Farah has started his Olympic season in style.

The four-time athletics gold medallist made a triumphant return to the country where he grew up, winning the inaugural Djibouti half-marathon on Friday in 63:07, four seconds ahead of his training partner Bashir Abdi.

 

It was the Briton’s first race in 2021 after spending the last seven weeks at his training camp in Ethiopia.

Farah had not run since winning the Antrim Coast half-marathon in 60:27 on 12 September. He spent the last six months laying the ground work for what he hopes to be, a successful return to the track in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

The 37-year-old is keen on defending the Olympic 10,000m title he has held since London 2012.

“The important thing is being hungry. I love racing and I guess I’m happiest on the track, turning up, knowing that you’ve put in the work, you’ve grafted over time,” he told Athletics Weekly ahead of the race. “The racing is the easiest part. It’s the work that you pout in (that is hardest).”