Mo Farah has been tipped to return to his best after being forced out of this year’s London Marathon with a hip injury.
The Londoner had been due to run his first 26.2-mile distance for three years in the capital but was forced to withdraw the week of the race.
Farah has vowed to make his comeback at next year’s edition, which returns to its traditional April date on the calendar.
But despite the fact the four-time Olympic champion will have turned 40 by then, another London Marathon absentee, Eliud Kipchoge, backed him to get back to his best on the streets of his home city.
“Absolutely Mo Farah can still keep going,” said Kipchoge. “I want to wish him a quick recovery from his injury. Injuries are part of the challenges of elite sport. My advice is to recover from your injury and come back.
“Mo Farah has a lot more to give. I think he will come back stronger. The training is there and, after the injury, he can come back and show the world what is actually in him.
“Age is a number. If you are training well and focused in the right direction on what you are doing then you can continue to perform. Mo can still win the best races.”