7th March 2021 – Having spent the past seven weeks at his training base in Ethiopia, Sir Mo Farah (GBR) felt it was time to test himself and see where his fitness lay by racing in the inaugural Djibouti Half Marathon.
The race had special meaning for Mo as Djibouti is where he spent his formative years, and he was well supported by the locals who headed out onto the streets to see him in action against a quality international field.
The high temperature and humidity levels meant conditions were challenging but Mo and training partner Bashir Abdi were able to break away and establish control of the race early on. The two of them were locked together until the final stages when Mo showed his renowned finishing speed to open a gap and take the win in 63:07.
A very satisfactory days work that can now propel Mo into the next block of training and continue his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
Running at The Woodlands Half Marathon in Texas, Jordan Hasay (USA) was a far more comfortable winner as she ran 74:10 to finish almost two minutes clear of the runner-up.
At the Sound Running Invitational in Los Angeles, Sinclaire Johnson (USA) recorded another 1500m victory as she held off training partner Elise Cranny to win in 4:05.91.