European record-holder to return to the roads of the UK capital after winning the Chicago Marathon in October

Sir Mo Farah is to return to race the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2019.

The 10-time global track gold medallist finished third in this year’s event in a British record time of 2:06:21 before going on to win October’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a European record of 2:05:11.

“I’m delighted to confirm I’ll be returning to race the Virgin Money London Marathon again next year,” said Farah, who ran a 2:08:21 English record for eighth place in London on his debut in 2014.

“I’ve often said how racing in London is very special to me and the London Marathon gives me the chance to run in front of my fans, on my home roads, where the atmosphere is like nothing else.”

He added: “I feel I have made great strides in the past year, finishing third in London in April, and winning my first major marathon in Chicago in October.

“That and breaking both the British and European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world.

“London always puts together a world-class field and I expect that will be exactly the same in 2019 and I can’t wait for the challenge.”

Should the 35-year-old secure success in London on April 28, he would become the first British athlete to win the elite men’s race at the London Marathon since Eamonn Martin in 1993.

Britain’s David Weir is an eight-time elite wheelchair race winner and claimed his most recent title at this year’s event.

Farah currently sits joint top of the Series XII Abbott World Marathon Majors standings which began at the 2018 Berlin Marathon and will conclude at the same race in 2019.

Farah’s win at the Chicago Marathon puts him on 25 points alongside Kenya’s Berlin Marathon champion and world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopia’s New York City Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa.

Farah is the first athlete to be announced for the 2019 London Marathon.