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Mo Farah wins Chicago Marathon and targets 2020 Olympics medal

British athlete breaks the European marathon record

Mo Farah secured a first marathon win with a new European record time of 2:05:11 in Chicago yesterday and after the race he admitted he could have gone even faster.

Competing for only the third time at the 26.2-mile distance, the British athletics star stormed to victory in Chicago after bursting clear of Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew in the final half a mile, the BBC reports.

Speaking after his maiden marathon win, the four-time Olympic gold medallist said: “I know what pace it takes to run with these guys and to run a decent time. It just shows the depth of the guys in the race and how I came away with a win and a new British record… I know as well I could have gone a lot faster.”

Since making the transition from long-distance track events, Farah has also finished eighth and third in London.

With a marathon victory now under his belt, the 35-year-old confirmed that he will run at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “I am definitely going. As long as my body can hold up, I am definitely going to Tokyo. I know from my training that I am definitely capable of getting a medal. I don’t know what the colour is going to be, but I want to continue through 2020.

“A medal would definitely rank up there in terms of being a track runner and being able to do something in the marathon. In my mind, it’s something I’ve always thought I could do.”

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