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Mo Farah, Queen discuss his running career

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Upon receiving knighthood Tuesday, Sir Mo Farah was quizzed by Queen Elizabeth II about his changing distance running career.

Video of the ceremony is here.

“I walked in there, quite nervous, but she knew who I was,” Farah told Sky Sports afterward at Buckingham Palace. “She knows I’ve been going for far too long. She asked me if I was retired, and I said, no, I’m going to the roads [full-time marathons starting with the London Marathon on April 22]. She goes, that’s a long way. I was like, yeah. Then she asked me what I would like to do when I stop running. I said I’d like to be able to help the next generation, next kids, start at the grassroots, continue supporting younger generations. She said that’s amazing.”

Farah noted his incredible journey, from coming to Great Britain from Somalia at age 8 not knowing a word of English to becoming a national hero with four Olympic gold medals.

“[Knighthood is definitely way up there, close to my Olympics medals,” Farah told the BBC.

Farah also sounded much more optimistic about going for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the marathon than he did last spring.

“If I’m capable of getting a medal or close to a medal [in Tokyo], you will see me,” Farah said, according to British media.

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Mo Farah, Alberto Salazar split

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Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, and coach Alberto Salazar have ended a six-year partnership that saw Farah become one of the greatest distance runners of all time.

“I’ll no longer be coached by Alberto Salazar,” Farah said in a video, backdropped by framed singlets and medals honoring his incredible success with Salazar. “I want to thank each member of Oregon Project and Alberto for what he’s done over the years.”

Farah, a 34-year-old transitioning to full-time road racing and marathons next year, said he misses home and is moving back to London from Oregon to raise his kids.

He will be coached by Gary Lough, the husband and former coach of retired world-record holder Paula Radcliffe.

Salazar said the decision to part ways was mutual and has offered to continue as an advisor to Farah, according to the Oregonian.

Farah plans to race the London Marathon for the second time in April.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is investigating Salazar, who has been accused of skirting anti-doping rules while training some of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project.

Salazar, a three-time New York City Marathon champion in the early 1980s, has repeatedly denied breaking anti-doping rules.

Farah was not implicated in a 2015 report accusing Salazar of breaking anti-doping and medical rules. British Athletics investigated Farah’s medical data anyway and found no “evidence of impropriety.”

Farah said last year that he was put “through hell” by media regarding the allegations against Salazar.

“I’m not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations,” Farah said, according to the Sun. “This situation has been going on for over two years, if I was going to leave because of that I would have done.

“If Alberto had crossed the line I would be out the door, but USADA has not charged him with anything. If I had ever had any reason to doubt Alberto, I would not have stood by him all this time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mo Farah to debut as a full-time road runner at 2018 London Marathon

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Mo Farah will begin the next chapter of his career in front of his home fans, announcing that he will run the 2018 London Marathon on April 22.

“The London Marathon is my home race and it is so special to me,” Farah said in a press release. “The previous times I have taken part [in 2013 and 2014] were amazing. The atmosphere on the course was unbelievable. Just like at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at the World Championships this summer, those incredible home crowds really do give me that extra motivation. I can’t wait to experience that again next year.”

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, is moving to full-time road running in 2018 after a decorated track career.

In his final season on the track, Farah earned the 10,000m gold medal and 5000m silver medal at Worlds. He also claimed the 5000m Diamond League title. He ended his season on Sunday by winning the Great North Run in Newcastle, England, and said that was looking forward to eating sticky toffee pudding and apple pie in the offseason.

Farah has previous experience on the London Marathon course.

He ran the first half of the 2013 race to gain experience participating in a major city marathon.

He returned in 2014 to make his 26.2-mile debut, finishing eighth in 2:08:21. He missed the European record (2:06:36) and the British record (2:07:13), but broke the English record of 2:08.33.

“I can’t wait for next April and will be training as hard as ever over the coming months to ensure I’m in the best shape possible,” Farah said.

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