ZURICH: Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah returns to action at this week’s European athletics championships where the high jump showdown between world champion Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine and Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov of Russia should also dominate.
Farah is expected to run in Wednesday’s 10,000 metres and the 5,000 metres on Sunday having missed Glasgow’s recent Commonwealth Games with abdominal pains which caused him to be airlifted to hospital while training in the United States.
“They thought something was going on with my heart – it was just crazy,” he was quoted as saying by the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
“I was in hospital for four days and it was scary but these things happen and so I missed quite a lot of running.” He could take his tally to six individual European medals in Zurich.
The 31-year-old, Europe’s only reigning Olympic champion in the men’s track events, won the 5,000 and 10,000 gold in Barcelona in 2010, the 5,000 gold in Helsinki two years ago and the 5,000 silver in Gothenburg in 2006.
Javier Sotomayor’s 21-year-old world record of 2.45 metres in the high jump could be under threat on Friday, with Bondarenko, Ukhov and world indoor bronze medallist Andriy Protsenko all having gone over 2.40 this year.