Mo Farah dumps controversial coach

01 November 2017 - 07:45 By Reuters
Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 3000m on July 9, 2017.
Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 3000m on July 9, 2017.
Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain's Olympic and world champion Mo Farah has split with long-time coach Alberto Salazar because he wants to move back to London with his family.

Distance great Farah, who moved to Portland in Oregon in 2011 to work with distance guru Salazar, said the decision had nothing to do with doping allegations surrounding the American, which have been denied.

"I'm not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations," Farah, 34, was quoted byThe Sun.

"This situation has been going on for over two years. If I was going to leave because of that I would have done [so a long time ago]."

In February, Salazar denied administering banned supplements to his athletes and issued a firm rebuttal of what he said were false allegations against him in a British newspaper.

The UK Sunday Times reported he had used prohibited supplements to improve the performance of his runners, citing what the paper said was a leaked US Anti-Doping Agency report.

Born in Somalia, Farah won 5000m and 10000m gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as six world titles in those distances.

He ended his track career this year to concentrate on road running and will now work with Gary Lough, the husband to Britain's marathon great Paula Radcliffe. 

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