Mo Farah declines Team GB marathon place for world championships

Mo Farah finished fifth in the London Marathon last weekend and now looks set to return to the track for the world championships. Robin Pope/NurPhoto via Getty Images

European record holder Mo Farah has declined a chance to contest the marathon in the world championships in Doha, increasing the possibility of a return to the track.

Farah, a four-times Olympic champion over 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres, retired from track athletics to focus on marathon events in 2017.

The 36-year-old has since broken the European record when winning the Chicago Marathon last October, but only finished fifth at the London Marathon last weekend, over three minutes behind Kenyan great Eliud Kipchoge.

British Athletics on Wednesday announced their marathon participants for the world championships in September, with the men's lineup consisting of Callum Hawkins and Dewi Griffith and Farah a notable absentee.

Earlier this year, the three-time 10,000m world champion Farah said watching Briton Laura Muir claim the European Indoor 1,500m and 3,000m double made him realise how much he missed the track.

"Having seen my fellow athletes, who I've competed against in the past, and watching the European Indoor Championships on TV, I was thinking 'Oh man! I want to get back out there'," he said in March.

"That's just me. If things are going well and I've got a chance to win a medal then I'd love to come back and run for my country.

"Part of me when I watch track races I'm like, 'can I still do it? I want to do it'. I do miss the track."

Farah has recently been embroiled in a war of words with Haile Gebrselassie over an altercation that took place at a hotel owned by the Ethiopian distance-running great