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Thursday 18 December 2014

Mo farah insists he will run another London Marathon

Mo Farah of Great Britain starts the Virgin London Marathon
Mo Farah of Great Britain starts the Virgin London Marathon
Runners approach Waterloo Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Runners on the Embankment during the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Jenni Falconer at the finish line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on the Mall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
Lewis Moody at the finish line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on the Mall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
Runners approach Hungerford Bridge along the Embankment during the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
A runner dressed in a wedding dress approaches Hungerford Bridge along the Embankment during the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Runners approach Waterloo Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Mo Farah after finishing in eighth place during the Virgin Money London Marathon on the Mall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
Runners at the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 13, 2014. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A runner proposes to his girlfriend as he passes Buckingham Palace during the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A runner proposes to his girlfriend as he passes Buckingham Palace during the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A runner carries on with the race after proposing to his girlfriend (L) as he passed Buckingham Palaceduring the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A spectator is hugged after a runner proposed to her as he passed Buckingham Palace during the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A runner takes a selfie after proposing to his girlfriend as he passes Buckingham Palace during the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners cross Tower Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners pass The Tower of London during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners cross Tower Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A general view during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A child waves the Union Jack as the runners pass during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Runners cross Tower Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Great Britain's Mo Farah runs alone as he leaves Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners queue up to recieve treatment on their legs as they exit Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners pass under Canary Wharf train station during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Great Britain's Mo Farah runs alone as he leaves Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Race winner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya (R) with the runs with the main group as they leave Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Womens race winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (L) battles with Florence Kiplagat as they leave Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Fun Runners make their way through Canary Wharf during the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Laura Wright poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Amy Guy poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Tony Audenshaw poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Hugo Taylor poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Dominic West poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Ed Balls poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Michel Roux poses for photographs ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Wilson Kipsang celebrates after winning the Men's Elite race at the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Paralympic Gold medallist Richard Whitehead runs past the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Richard Whitehead of Great Britain is applauded as he cross Tower Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mo Farah of Great Britain (R) crosses Tower Bridge during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mo Farah of Great Britain (L) and Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya run past the Houses of Parliament during the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mo Farah poses for the photographers after coming 8th at the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Runners take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (L-R) Jenni Falconer, Sophie Raworth, Amy Willerton, Natalie Dormer and Michael Owen on the start line ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mo Farah poses for the photographers after coming 8th at the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mo Farah of Great Britain passes through Blackfriars tunnel during the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: Mo Farah of Great Britain prepares to start the Virgin London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Mo Farah insisted he had unfinished business with the marathon, despite a chastening debut over 26.2 miles in London.

The track great trailed home in eighth place in the Virgin Money London Marathon – almost four minutes adrift of winner Wilson Kipsang, the world record holder from Kenya – as the toughest test of his career proved a step too far.

He failed to achieve his pre-race target of breaking the British record, his time of two hours eight minutes and 21 seconds falling well short of Steve Jones' 29-year-old mark of 2hrs 07mins 13secs.

Farah knew his five global titles on the track would count for nothing against the strongest marathon field ever assembled, and he was right. The 31-year-old was never in contention and suffered in the last quarter of the race, the pain etched on his face.

Farah was not helped by missing a drink stop shortly after the halfway mark, at that point running on his own rather than in a group, with his pacemaker too far in front to help.

Kipsang, in contrast, whose arrival in London had been delayed because his passport was stolen, broke the course record with his winning time of 2:04:29. His compatriot Stanley Biwott was second and Ethiopian defending champion Tsegaye Kebede third.

Farah branded his performance "a bad day at the office", but was adamant he would persevere with the marathon..

"I will be back, 100 per cent," Farah said.

If I could come back in two weeks' time I would. That's who I am. I want to be able to know I can run a great marathon as well as achieving medals on a track."

There was a Kenyan one-two in the women's race too, as Edna Kiplagat sprinted away from compatriot Florence Kiplagat down the Mall to win in 2:20:21

Wheelchair racer David Weir lost out in a sprint for the line in his bid for a record seventh title, beaten by Switzerland's Marcel Hug, while American Tatyana McFadden defended her women's crown just a month after winning a cross-country skiing silver medal at the Winter Paralympics.

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