DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah believes London’s success at staging last summer’s Games should allay any fears surrounding security for Sunday’s marathon.
Race chiefs have promised to beef up all areas of security following two explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon, which killed three people and left 170 injured.
But Farah, who lives and trains in America, feels last summer’s incident-free Olympics should give those taking to the capital’s streets on Sunday piece of mind.
“For me, this is home, this is a great city and for what we did at the London Olympics you shouldn’t be worried at all,” said the 30-year-old, who intends to drop out of the race at the halfway stage.
“You don’t want to see anything bad in sport. All my support goes to the people that got hurt and their families. And here in London we will be wearing that black ribbon and we will be running for the people out there.”
More than half a million people are expected to line the 26.2-mile course and cheer on 37,500 runners, where there will be an increased police presence and extra security checks.
Ethiopian athlete Tiki Gelana, who set a new Olympic record to win the women’s marathon at London 2012, says she will move events in Boston to the back of her mind and put all her focus on winning.
“As a human being you feel sorry for the people affected because of what happened,” she said.“You think about it now and then. But I am here to run, even with what happened in Boston, you come here to win.”