Sir Mo Farah could be in line for a showdown with his former training partner Galen Rupp and controversial ex-coach Alberto Salazar after hinting he will run the Chicago Marathon this autumn.
Farah will hold a meeting this week with his manager Ricky Simms and coach Gary Lough to finalise his schedule and he is currently undecided between running the more lucrative New York Marathon in November or Chicago in October.
But he indicated on Monday that the latter might get the nod, which would open the way to a face-off against defending champion Rupp, who finished second to Farah in the Olympic 10,000m final at London 2012.
The American went on to win Olympic bronze in the marathon in Rio in 2016 and any clash between the two former Oregon Project team-mates would come with the added spice of pitching Farah against Rupp’s trainer Salazar, whom the Brit left last October. Salazar remains under investigation by US Anti-Doping.
‘I don’t know which marathon yet – which one invites you or which one is going to look after you,’ Farah said after beating a soft field to win the London 10,000 in 29min 44sec.
‘I think Chicago is a little faster. New York is a little hillier. But what athletes are they going to have? That is the key again. If you are racing against all the big names then why not learn from the big guys.
‘Rupp is running Chicago. If I want to do the (Tokyo) Olympics I have to know how to beat this guy and race this guy and how to battle with him.
‘That would answer a lot of questions for me personally. I know he is a great athlete and I have never doubted him in terms of what he is capable of..’