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Farah will go for the double in Glasgow

MO FARAH will appear at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, attempting to add two more major titles to his collection by competing in the 5000 and 10,000 metres.

If he triumphs in both events this summer, he will become the first athlete to win European, Commonwealth, world and Olympic 5000 and 10,000m titles. Farah's last outing came at the London Marathon in April when he finished eighth.

The double Olympic and world champion begins his track season on Sunday when he runs the 5000m at the Portland Track Festival in America. The 5000m final is scheduled for July 27 while the 10,000m final takes place five days later on August 1. Balancing both competitions in Glasgow next month will an easier task than at the 2012 Olympics given that neither races involve heats.

Though the Games will ostensibly have a narrower field than the Olympics, Farah will have to face stiff competition from the Kenyan and Uganda athletes for the gold medals.

He has competed before, finishing ninth in the 5000m at the 2006 Games in Melbourne but he withdrew from the 2010 Games in Delhi due to fatigue. Farah, 31, is also the defending world champion over both distances. He also broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old 1500m British record last year before turning his attention to the marathon, but will compete in neither event in Glasgow.

Farah's involvement is a boost to Games organisers, with Britain's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill absent because she is expecting her first baby and Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt yet to commit. Farah is scheduled to run in a special event at the Diamond League meeting in Glasgow on 12 July.

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