Farah targets 2014 Marathon victory

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Mo Farah says he hopes to build on his dramatic London marathon debut this year by claiming victory in the famous race next April.

The double Olympic champion ran half of the event on Sunday as planned before Tsegaye Kebede of Ethopia went on to claim victory, and will complete the full distance next year.

The 30-year-old says he is hopeful of winning the race next year, and insists he isn't concerned about breaking Steve Jones' 28-year-old British record.

"My aim is being able to come away with a win rather than a fast time," Farah told BBC Sport.

"It would be awesome to come out in London and run a British record and to get close to the British record in a first marathon is good.

"Hopefully we can get Great Britain back in the marathon again and Steve Jones has the record and it's been there since 1985 so hopefully we can get close to the record."

The build up to the race was dominated by stories of the financial incentives offered to Farah to take part in the two races.

However that was only half the story as the 30-year-old claimed he woke up late on the morning of the race and almost missed his bus to the start line - although he later insisted that was a joke.

The 5,000 and 10,000 metre Olympic champion later lamented the fact he has made 'a mess' of collecting his drink from a drink station along the course - but maintained he would learn 'the biggest lesson' of his life from the incident.

Farah's attention will now switch to claiming gold at the World Championships in Moscow later this year, before he sets his sights squarely on a tilt at the marathon.

"This year, my challenge was always to be in the 5k and 10k in the World Championships and then after that start training for the marathon," he continued.

"But I'm very excited and hopefully I'll be able to mix in with these guys. The field in London is so strong with the world record holder down. They're top guys."



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