Mo Farah made a successful return to competitive action with victory at Sunday’s Portland Track Festival. The race was Farah’s first since deciding against taking part in the London 10,000, with the double Olympic champion withdrawing from the race due to April’s marathon exertions.
Farah finished the 5,000m race in 13:23.42, almost five seconds ahead of David McNeill (13:28.13) in second place. Perhaps more impressively, the Brit exhibited his electrifying pace in the closing stages to complete the last lap in just 53 seconds.
Even though the time sits below both Andy Vernon (13:11.50) and Tom Farrell’s (13:22.27) for the year, Farah said he was eager just to return to competition “My aim was just to run a good race here, I wasn’t thinking too much about the time, just running, It’s nice to be back on the track.”
Next up for Farah is the Commonwealth Games where he will compete in both the 5,000 and 10,000m. The 31-year-old had considered competing in the 1500m as well but will instead focus on a achieving a Commonwealth double.