Reigning World and European 5,000m champion Mo Farah has confirmed that he will hone his Olympic preparations by racing over the distance at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on July 13. Farah always receives a huge reception in his home city and with the Olympic Games opening ceremony taking place just two weeks later, it promises to be a superb atmosphere on the Friday night of the two-day Samsung Diamond League meeting.
Last year Farah stormed to victory in the 3,000m at the same meeting to a rousing standing ovation, with a time of 7:40.15. Farah, who currently trains in Portland, Oregan, is looking forward to returning to London for his last meet in Britain before the Olympic Games.
He said: "It's nice to race back home as I miss London and it's not until you're back you realise how much you miss it. At Crystal Palace we always get a great crowd and I'm really looking forward to competing on home soil before the Olympics.
"I think home support really gives British athletes an edge over our rivals, and that support will not only make a massive difference to us at Crystal Palace but also at the Games.
"The London Grand Prix is always one of the most exciting events on the Diamond League circuit. As it's over two days, it always attracts the best athletes so it's a great way to prepare for the summer ahead."
Farah enjoyed an eventful winter season. Shortly after setting a new British and European indoor record over two miles at the Aviva Grand Prix in February, he narrowly missed out on a medal in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
But for Farah, the indoor season has been an important part of his preparation for the summer. "Things are going well. I've had a good winter racing different distances to build up my speed and I'm feeling good going into the summer. I'm definitely where I need to be but there is still a lot of work to be done before August."
2012 will be one of the most memorable years of Mo's running career plus wife Tanya is expecting twins in September but the Olympic contender remains focused.
"It's an exciting year for me and my family, so I've just got to keep my feet on the ground and continue doing what I'm doing. It's an amazing year for British sport and I can't wait to be a part of it."
Mo Farah will run the 5000m on Friday, July 13 at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace. Tickets are still available, so back the team and watch the world's best athletes in action. For further information visit www.uka.org.uk/aviva-series or call 08000 55 60 56.