Farah to run in New York half

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will contest the New York City Half Marathon on March 16.

Farah, who triumphed over 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the London Olympics and also took gold in both events at the World Championships in Moscow last year, previously won the NYC Half in 2011.

"I can confirm that I will run the NYC Half on March 16 as part of my build-up to the London Marathon in April," the 30-year-old said.

"It will be my second time to compete in this event, after my win there in 2011. I have been training hard in Kenya and hope to use the New York race to gauge my fitness one month out from my 26.2 mile debut."

New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg added: "We're very excited to welcome Mo back to the NYC Half. This is a huge thrill for New Yorkers, who will get to see the world's top distance runner on the streets of Manhattan before he makes his full marathon debut in London.

"Mo's star quality and fan following are unmatched in our sport, and we are honoured to have him highlight our professional field."