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Athlete Farah more upbeat after 'tough week'

British athlete Mo Farah says his mood has improved after what he admits was a tough few days.

Farah pulled out of a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham after his coach Alberto Salazar was accused of being involved in doping.

Mo Farah missed a meeting in Birmingham on Sunday. Credit: PA

"I mentioned at the weekend that the past week has been tough for me, but having spent a few days with my family and having time to reflect, I am feeling much more upbeat," Farah posted on Facebook.

"However, I do realise that at the weekend I disappointed a lot of people by pulling out of the race and I wanted to apologise again to you all and say a massive thanks for your on-going support. Hope to see you soon!!"

Farah coach Salazar denies doping allegations

Galen Rupp, Alberto Salazar and Mo Farah have all been caught up in the scandal. Credit: PA

Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar claims those accusing him of doping are 'knowingly making false statements'.

The BBC and US website ProPublica released material last week claiming Salazar had given Farah's training partner Galen Rupp banned anabolic steroid testosterone.

Salazar vigorously denied all of the allegations in a statement:

I have said all along that I believe in a clean sport, hard work and I deny all allegations of doping. The BBC and ProPublica have engaged in inaccurate and unfounded journalism, with a complete lack of regard for both Galen and Mo.

Given the time and effort the BBC and ProPublica committed to making these false allegations I hope that media and fans will afford me a short time to show the accusers are knowingly making false statements.

I will document and present the facts as quickly as I can so that Galen and Mo can focus on doing what they love and have worked so hard to achieve.

– Alberto Salazar


Andy Vernon 'not surprised' Mo Farah pulled out of race

Mo Farah's rival Andy Vernon was 'not surprised' the 32-year-old did not show up at Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday.

Speaking after the 5000-metre race in which he finished ninth, Vernon said: "I'm pretty sure his mind won't be in the right place for racing and being an athlete I know how important that sort of thing is.

"Also... he's Mo Farah, he's expected to win."

Vernon and Farah have enjoyed a difficult relationship following a social media spat last year.

'Drained' Mo Farah withdraws from Birmingham event

Olympic champion Mo Farah has pulled out of today's 1500m race at the Diamond League event in Birmingham saying he is "emotionally and physically drained".

"This week has been very stressful and taken a lot out of me. I have not been able to focus properly on today's race," Farah said in a statement.

Mo Farah speaking in Birmingham yesterday. Credit: Barry Coombs/PA Wire

"I want to run well in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing and have decided it is better for me to go back to the US, seek answers to my questions and get back into training."

"I apologise to the people who bought tickets to come and watch me race and ask for your understanding at this time."


Farah: Reputation being 'ruined' by coach allegations

Mo Farah has said doping allegations concerning his coach Alberto Salazar is "ruining my reputation" - but he has no plans to end their relationship.

The double Olympic gold medallist told a press conference he has not seen "any clear evidence" that Salazar had been involved in doping.

"I'm a clean athlete, against drugs and anyone who isn't should be banned for life.

"I want to know the answers and the easiest thing to do would be to jump.

"But if you can't show me proof (Salazar), I'm out. I will be talking to people because it's my reputation", he added.

"The headline is 'Mo coach' and it's not fair on my family, kids. I want the memories, the 75,000 people cheering for me at the Olympics. They should know."

Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from Birmingham GP

Jessica Ennis-Hill has withdrawn from Sunday's Birmingham Grand Prix as she bides her time before a possible World Championship bid later this year.

Ennis-Hill will not feature in Birmingham on Sunday. Credit: PA

Ennis-Hill made a successful return to action at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis last weekend in her first heptathlon since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

The Sheffield star finished fourth and achieved the Olympic qualifying standard but admitted her exertions came at a price.

And after discussions with her coach Toni Minichiello the 29-year-old made the decision not to rush back into a top-level schedule.

Ennis-Hill said:

Having competed in my first full heptathlon in three years, both Toni and I feel that my body held up well in Gotzis and we are delighted with how I did, but I feel competing seven days later is going to be too soon.

I have missed a volume of training over the past few months, since having my baby, due to problems with my Achilles and there is still a lot of work to do.

So we have made the decision for me to take the usual week off post a heptathlon to recover and then to get back into solid training."

– Jessica Ennis-Hill
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