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Sir Mo Farah has revealed his disappointment at missing out on the chance to defend his Antrim Coast Half Marathon title due to a broken foot – although he will be travelling to Northern Ireland to support the event.

Farah recently suffered Olympic heartbreak when he failed to achieve the qualifying time for the 10,000m for the Tokyo Games but has shrugged off talk of retirement and it was hoped he would headline the race on August 29 after winning last September’s inaugural contest.

Sir Mo, who is coached by Larne man Gary Lough, said: “I had been looking forward to defending my Antrim Coast Half Marathon title and aim to be back for another crack at the race next year. It’s a great course, very flat and very scenic, and everyone was very welcoming. Amazing people!

“I can’t wait to be involved this time around, especially with the kids race.”

Antrim Coast organiser James McIlroy — who reached the 800m semi-finals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics – has been a close friend of the distance ace since the pair roomed together on Team GB trips nearly two decades ago.

“We are delighted that Mo is coming over for the event and we know he will be a big hit with the public just as he was last year,” said McIlroy.

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