Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge urges Mo Farah not to retire as Brit's 40th birthday approaches
Mo Farah is approaching his 40th birthday and has raced just three times in the last seven years as he struggles with a series of niggles, but Eliud Kipchoge has urged the Briton not to retire. "Mo Farah has a lot more to give, I think he will come back stronger," said Kipchoge, who is determined to make more history himself after lowering his marathon time by 30 seconds in Berlin.
Sir Mo Farah warms up before the London Big Half on September 04, 2022 in London, England.
Farah revealed that he had been feeling "pain and tightness" in his right hip over the past 10 days and that despite treatment, the issue "hasn't improved enough" to enable him to make the start line in Greenwich.
“Injuries are part of the challenges of elite sport. My advice is to recover from your injury and come back.
“Mo Farah has a lot more to give. I think he will come back stronger. The training is there and after the injury he can come back and show the world what is actually in him.
“Age is a number. If you are training well and focused in the right direction on what you are doing, then you can continue to perform. Mo can still win the best races.”
After knocking half a minute off his marathon time in Berlin, Kipchoge believes he can run even faster in the 26.2 mile distance.
“I think there are still goals for me,” he said.
“I don’t want to say if I can run under two hours in an official race but I’ll try to still beat the world record.”
Kipchoge was asked to give his opinion on the greatest distance athlete of all time after Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele stressed that he should be regarded as No 1.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the Berlin Marathon race on September 25, 2022 in Berlin. - Kipchoge has beaten his own world record by 29 seconds, running 2:01:10 at the Berlin Marathon
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Kenenisa has three Olympic gold medals, 17 world championship titles and multiple world records to his name.
“I agree that Kenenisa is the best of all time,” Kipchoge said. “He has a lot of medals in cross country, track, Olympics, and he has done well in the marathon. I agree he is the best.
“He has been a positive role model to me and the whole generation. He has won so much on track, winning gold medals in Olympics, world championships and cross country.