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Farah ready for a break

15th September 2012, 04:28pm

Farah: Taking a couple of weeks off

Farah: Taking a couple of weeks off

Mo Farah plans to reward himself with a two-week break from running after rounding off his historic season with victory in the two-mile event at the Great North CityGames on Gateshead quayside.

The double Olympic gold medallist burst past Australia's Collis Birmingham to cross the finish line in a winning time of eight minutes and 40.04 seconds in bright sunshine at the event, part of a weekend of athletics culminating in Sunday's Great North Run.

Farah said: "I won't be thinking about any running in the next two weeks. I will go out for a couple of meals with my friends and family. It's important that I enjoy it and take a break and take my mind off running."

Farah conceded the pressure of a whirlwind month since his London 2012 heroics had started to take take its toll despite the apparent ease of his win, with Bobby Curtis catching Birmingham to clinch second place in 8mins 42.80secs.

Farah added: "My lungs were on fire. Seriously, I was blowing for the first mile because it was pretty quick and I was thinking, 'I hope it's not going to carry on at this pace'.

"It slowly eased off, but I still had to work for it. It wasn't as easy as I thought. I've done a lot of stuff since becoming Olympic champion - I've had my two girls and done other stuff as well."

Farah appeared to relish his appearance at the event, where he was cheered by thousands of north-east fans, and insisted he had no thoughts of withdrawing despite opting against his original plan of figuring in Sunday's half-marathon.

He said: "There were thousands of people here wanting to support me and it was important that I kept going and motivated myself by saying, 'I don't want to disappoint these people - I want to be able to give them something'.

"That's what kept me going as well. As an athlete, the only real pressure is what you put on yourself. I want to win every race I go into, and I wanted to keep that going throughout the whole year."

Farah's fellow Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford had to settle for second place in the men's long jump behind Great Britain team-mate Chris Tomlinson, who triumphed with a CityGames record leap of 8.18 metres.

Rutherford saved his best jump for his fourth and final effort, although his second-place distance of 7.89m was a distant 42cm behind the jump with which he claimed gold at the London Olympics.

Tomlinson expressed delight at his victory but admitted it heightened his disappointment at missing out to his Great Britain rival at the Olympics.

Tomlinson said: "Of course it is a case of what might have been. There were 40 athletes at the Olympics and only one jumped well. I think it's been a very poor year in long jump because so many people have been injured."

Dwain Chambers rounded off a season of personal redemption with an impressive time of 10.04 seconds to win the men's 100 metres ahead of GB team-mate James Dasaolu and American Darvis Patton.

Chambers, who was cleared to complete at London 2012 following a drugs ban, said: "It's great to still be able to compete at this level. I missed this environment because I threw it all away, and I'm really grateful to have it back.

"It's been very hard. It's one thing going through the whole palaver I had with my situation, but leading up to the Games I was in no-man's land really. I didn't know what was going to happen and I had to rely on my ability to run."

Hannah England was pipped by American Brenda Martinez in a thrilling finish to the women's one-mile, the Briton kicking early but just being overhauled by her rival who crossed the line in 4:34.99.

And Cheltenham's James Brewer also had to be content with second place in the men's mile, as he just failed to out-sprint American former double world champion Bernard Lagat, who finished in 4.01.62, as the US completed a 6-3 match win over the hosts.

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