Britain’s Olympic and world champion Mo Farah has split with long-time coach Alberto Salazar because he wants to move back to London with his family, he said in an interview on Monday.
“I’m not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations,” Farah, 34, said.
He ended his track career this year to concentrate on road running and will now work with Gary Lough, who previously coached his own wife and women’s marathon world record holder, Britain’s Paula Radcliffe.
“I’m leaving (Salazar and the U.S.) simply because my family and I are moving back to London,” said Farah, who won 10,000m gold and then a silver in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships in London, the final track race of his career.
“Gary successfully coached Paula Radcliffe – Britain’s greatest ever marathon runner who I’ve always looked up to since I was a kid – throughout her career and he has an in-depth understanding of what is needed to achieve real results at marathon distance.