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Farah, Mwangangi Clash in Doha

British double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah will open his Diamond League campaign in Doha on May 15, organisers said.

Farah will compete in the 3000 metres in the opening leg of the 14-meet series, marking the 32-year-old’s first appearance in Doha.

“I’ve heard so many great things about the track, the crowd and the competition in Doha,” said Farah.

“There are always very strong fields in the distances so this will be a great early season test on the track for me. I’m looking forward to a good performance.”

Farah won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the 2012 London Olympics and a year later became only the second athlete to win both titles at the world championships in Moscow.

“We are delighted to have one of the greatest current Olympic and world champions at our meeting this year,” said Qatari Athletics Federation president Dahlan Al Hamad.

“Mo Farah’s first appearance in Doha will ensure that our tradition of early season distance racing excellence will continue this year.”

Farah’s rivals in Doha as he gears up for the world championships in Beijing from August 22-30 include traditional distance running powers Ethiopia and Kenya.

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