Farah declines selection for marathon at track worlds

FILE - In this Sunday, April 22, 2018 file photo, Britain's Mo Farah rests after crossing the finish line to place third in the Men's race in the London Marathon in central London. A gym employee at the Yaya Village hotel in Ethiopia owned by the retired distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie accused four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah of grabbing him by the neck and shoving him, a second allegation of assault that emerged Thursday, April 25, 2019 following an extraordinary public feud between Farah and Gebrselassie. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

LONDON — Mo Farah has declined selection for the marathon at the world championships in Doha, potentially setting up a return to the track.

Farah, who won back-to-back Olympic doubles in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, said in 2017 that he had run his last race on the track and would instead be focusing on marathons.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has been in a class of his own in the men's marathon in recent years, though, and beat Farah by more than three minutes in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Farah's coach, Gary Lough, said after the race in London that Farah hadn't decided if he would be racing the marathon or the 10,000 at the worlds in Doha.

British Athletics says Farah has "chosen to decline" running in the marathon in Doha.

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