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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