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Mo Farah targets British two-mile record on return to track

Updated: Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 14:17 | Comments

Mo Farah targets British two-mile record

Mo Farah returns to the track tomorrow for the first time since his sensational double Olympic triumph now with twin girls to go with his two gold medals, yet still as motivated as ever.

The 29-year-old was present as his wife Tania gave birth in London yesterday.

But Farah, who headed north for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix last night, has to immediately turn his attention back to competition as he bids to to add another British record to his growing collection by erasing Steve Ovett's 34-year-old outdoor two-mile mark of eight minutes 13.51 seconds at the Alexander Stadium.

The media demands on an Olympic hero are great enough, but with two new-born babies also, Farah could have been excused for taking things easy.

But that is not the way of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion.

He said: "I'm still training hard. As an athlete, when you are at the top there are more people who want to beat you, more people hungry.

"It's important that I stay motivated and keep training. I've got a great team around me and if I'm not doing the work they keep telling me.

"Everything's going well, it just means I have been a bit busier.

"The last two weeks have been really hectic. When I completed the 10,000m it was important I rested up and came back for the 5,000m and after I won that everything went crazy."

Farah's wife cheered him on to his Olympic success while heavily pregnant, embracing him at the side of the track afterwards, and he admitted the birth, which came just under two weeks after his 5,000m triumph, was a weight off his mind.

"It is a relief, because my wife has been holding on so long. It's great that she held on this long and didn't give birth on the track," he said.

Farah, who is already stepfather to Rihanna, dedicated his 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals to the unborn twins after he topped the podium in London.

He said he needed the two golds so each twin could have one and now plans to get their names - once they are decided - inscribed on each medal.

Asked whether he had shown the newborns his medals, he said: "No I didn't, but they are waiting.

"I am actually going to get their names on it, once we've figured out something with the medals - one on each. And then whatever one was born first gets the 10,000m and the other gets the 5,000m one."

Farah, who was only the seventh man in history to win the long-distance Olympic double, is now looking to reward the fans who were not at the stadium in Stratford to roar him home.

"Hopefully we'll put a show on for the people who didn't get to watch me at the Olympics," he said.

Farah has also seen some of his other family members cropping up in the papers, with his twin brother Hassan, who stayed in Somalia when Farah moved with his father to Britain aged eight, revealing his pride in his brother's success.

"It is a true story," said Farah. "I wanted to come out and say in my own words later in my career.

"I didn't want to overshadow my Olympics, it's something we've trained so hard for through my career."

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