Farah to race in Birmingham


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Britain's Mo Farah will race over two miles at the Birmingham Grand Prix on 18 February as part of his preparations for the London Olympics.

The 28-year-old world 5,000m champion returns to the National Indoor Arena where last year he broke the British and European 5,000m records. Farah, who also won world 10,000m silver in Daegu, South Korea, last year, said: "The Birmingham field will be world-class. It always is and it's exactly what I need in an Olympic year."

Farah's personal bests over one mile, 3,000m, two miles and 5,000m were set in Birmingham.

"It's a pretty special place to me," he said. "I've had some great races there. I don't want to go to a meet and know that it will be an easy run. I want to be racing against the best and being pushed to run faster. That allows me to work on my race strategy and to hopefully finish with a positive result."