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'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."


Mo Farah on his Foundation

Somalia born Mo - who grew up in Hounslow - represented Great Britain in the Olympics, winning two gold medals - and is also the 10,000m and 5,000m world and European champion.

Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the line to win the 2 Mile Race during the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham at the weekend Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Mo and his wife Tania set up the Mo Farah Foundation in 2011 which is a charity focussed on health improvement, education and poverty in the horn of Africa and the UK.

He's organising a big charity ball on Thursday night for the Foundation before heading up for the Great North Run.

David Weir goes for one mile world record

London's own wheelchair racing star David Weir will try to break the world record for the fastest mile today - aiming to beat three minutes on the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister's four minute mile.

David Weir took home four gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympics

He is racing as part of the Bupa Westminster Mile event - a one day festival of mile and track racing in the capital. Sir Roger will be there himself to watch the race and present prizes.

Mo Farah will fire the starting gun at some of this afternoon's races

Mo Farah will fire the starting gun at some of the afternoon's races - before looking to claim another victory of his own in the Bupa London 10,000 race on Sunday morning.

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