28 July, 2017

Zurich: Mo Farah to Compete

A major honour for Weltklasse Zürich: British long-distance star Mo Farah has picked the IAAF Diamond League final at Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium to bow out from his stunning track career.

Prior to switching to longer distances and the road, Mo Farah plans to return to Zurich for a farewell appearance. Letzigrund Stadium is where he broke the 13-minute barrier in the men’s 5000m as the first British athlete in 2010, and it is where he was crowned double European champion four years later. Now, he plans to bid the track farewell in the legendary arena.

Farah could end his glorious career with one more track title by stepping off the track as an IAAF Diamond League champion. Before his final track race, however, the top favourite for both the 5000m and 10,000m world championship races would like to live up to his role in front of his home crowd in London. He plans to write another chapter for the athletics history books and become the first runner ever to take the world championship crown in both long distance races (5000m / 10,000m) for three consecutive times.

Farah, who won the Eugene IAAF Diamond League meeting this year, is one of twelve athletes to have qualified for the final in Zurich according to the series’ new system. The best competitors of the IAAF Diamond League season qualify for the final events. The finalists will be competing for a share of 100,000 US dollars in prize money in each of the 16 events held in Zurich. The winners of each final event will be awarded 50,000 US dollars. The remaining 16 IAAF Diamond League final events will be held in Brussels one week later.

Mo Farah’s impressive track career highlights:

  • Four-time Olympic champion
  • Five-time World champion
  • Five-time European champion
  • Only athlete in history to win both men's 5000m and 10,000m at Olympic Games and world championships two consecutive times
  • Undefeated in nine global title races since 2011