Farah already has an eye on Rio Olympics

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Mo Farah already has one eye on next year’s World Championships and the other on the 2016 Olympics as he looks to put his “toughest year” behind him.

A difficult 2014 has seen the Olympic superstar disappoint on his London Marathon debut before illness forced him out of the Commonwealth Games.

He bounced back with double gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the recent European Championships in Zurich to set himself up for a brighter 2015 centred around the Worlds in Beijing.

“It’s been an up and down year but I’m back on top now,” Farah said. “It’s been very difficult, from the London Marathon, where I wanted to do better, to then getting ill and missing the Commonwealth Games. It’s been a struggle but now I’m back.

“I learned a lot from the marathon and I’m not ready for that yet, but after Rio we’ll try again but for now I’ll concentrate on the track. It’s been the toughest year of my career for sure, certainly the toughest I’ve had for many years. I hadn’t been injured for many years and this season was tough.

“I’m already looking ahead to Beijing but in long distance running you can only take one year at a time, you can’t look two years beyond. But yes, it’s obviously there.”

Much was made of the double Olympic champion missing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer but he accepts the spotlight he is under.

“There’s always pressure and as an athlete you put more pressure on yourself,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix.

“There’s never going to be the level that there was at the London Olympics so you just get on with it. Rio is the most important thing,” he said. “If you ask any athlete ‘Olympics or Worlds?’ anybody would say Olympics.