Farah happy to target world records

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Mo Farah has denied that he had anything to prove as he broke a world record just days after his Twitter spat with fellow British athlete Andy Vernon.

Farah, who called Vernon “an embarrassment” during a lengthy exchange with him on Tuesday night, broke the indoor record for the two-mile distance in Birmingham yesterday.

Asked if he felt he had a point to prove, Farah said: “Not at all. I always knew I wanted to go for a world record.

“Training has been going pretty well. For me, I just wanted to go out there and see what I can do.”

It was the first time the double Olympic champion has broken a world record, but he hopes it will not be his last.

“I can’t get excited just breaking one record,” he said. “I’ve got to continue doing what I’m doing.”

Farah was speaking inside the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, to launch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games which will be held at the venue in July.

The inside of the venue looked like a building site as its transformation takes place to host West Ham United Football Club.

But Farah revealed it was still special to return to the site of the London Olympics.

He said: “It looks different to when I raced at the Olympics in 2012, but we’re working on it.

“It brings back great memories just looking at the track now and thinking ‘where was the home straight? where was the crowd?’, and getting that feeling back.

“It’s great to be able to know this is going to be our home ground for the next 50 years.

“I can bring my kids to a home where we can come over and watch the athletics every year.”

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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