Mo Farah to run in Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah

This summer’s Commonwealth Games have a headline track and field performer.

British distance champion Mo Farah announced Monday he would run in the Glasgow, Scotland, event in late July and early August, via his social media accounts.

Farah, 31, is the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 5000m and 10,000m. He ran his first marathon in London on April 13, finishing eighth.

Farah previously committed to returning to track running at a Diamond League meet in Glasgow on July 12.

He’s competed at the Commonwealth Games once before, finishing ninth in the 5000m in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Farah was named to the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, but withdrew due to fatigue.

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport competition held every four years, almost like a mini Summer Olympics. It includes the Commonwealth of Nations — highlighted by England, Jamaica, Canada, Australia and Kenya.

The U.S. does not compete in the Games, which are held in non-Olympic and non-outdoor World Championship years for track and field.

Usain Bolt has never raced at the Commonwealth Games. His status for this year’s edition is up in the air. Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will miss the event due to her pregnancy.

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