Mo Farah: Running a marathon in two hours 'ridiculous'


Mo Farah says that he has never said he could run a marathon in under two hours.

Some people, including Lord Sebastian Coe, said the goal was too ambitious for the double Olympic champion, who plans to run the London Marathon in 2014.

Farah, 30, told Newsbeat: "For me to say I can run under two hours is ridiculous.

"My goals are to run the London Marathon and do the best that I can."

I enjoy my athletics and I want to take it as far as I can
Mo Farah

Last month, Kenyan Wilson Kipsang broke the marathon world record by 15 seconds when he won in Berlin in a time of time of two hours three minutes 23 seconds.

"I think in years to come it is doable but not in the first marathon," said Farah.

He added: "I enjoy my athletics and I want to take it as far as I can."

Although Farah said he does not plan to break the two-hour barrier, the 5,000m and 10,000m World and Olympic champion said he would like to get close to the British record in the 26.2 mile race.

Mo Farah after the Great North Run
Image caption Mo Farah narrowly missed out on winning the Great North Run in September

Welsh athlete Steve Jones is the current record-holder with a time of two hours seven minutes 13 seconds set in 1985 in Chicago.

"I've got to do that before I think about anything else," said Farah.

Last month, Farah narrowly missed out on becoming the first UK runner in 25 years to win the Great North Run.

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele held off Farah to finish first in South Shields after the 13.1 mile half-marathon.

Proud to run for my country

Last week, England and Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere said only English people should play for England.

It followed a debate around Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj, who could play for England from 2018 under Fifa's five-year residency requirement as he has yet to commit to another country.

Midfielder Januzaj, 18, is eligible for Belgium, Serbia, Albania and Turkey.

Mo Farah winning the 10,000m final

When asked about the subject, Somali-born Farah said: "I think in my situation, it's completely different because I grew up in Britain and done everything here.

"When I run for my country, I'm very proud to run for my country."

However, Farah added that he does get annoyed when other athletes change who they represent.

"There's Kenyan guys who last year or two years ago were running for Kenya and then they switched to Qatar and Bahrain and other countries," he said.

"Yes, I do have a problem with that."

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