Sport Brendan Foster hopes for golden goodbye from athletics alongside Sir Mo Farah

17:35  21 april  2017
17:35  21 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Brendan Foster , pictured left with Sir Mo Farah , will retire as a broadcaster this summer. “It’s also been an honour to work with so many great people who have been a part of the BBC athletics team – both in front of and behind the camera.

Brendan Foster will retire after covering the World Athletics Championships in London. Foster added: "We have had so many special days, and those recently with Sir Mo Farah winning golds galore, particularly at the Olympic Games, are commentaries that stick out in the memory as we have

Brendan Foster, pictured left, hopes his final commentary will be on another World Championship gold for Sir Mo Farah, right: 2017 Great Edinburgh International XCountry Press Conference © PA WIRE 2017 Great Edinburgh International XCountry Press Conference

Brendan Foster hopes to end his commentating career with the BBC on a high along with Sir Mo Farah at this summer's World Championships in London.

The 69-year-old has decided to hang up his microphone after the competition in August, which will also see Great Britain's long-distance runner Farah call time on his illustrious track career.

Foster's final commentary will be Farah's 10,000 metres final as he attempts to go for the world double-double - winning both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at successive events having won gold in both disciplines in Beijing in 2015.

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It is a feat Foster narrowly failed to achieve at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 but he hopes Farah can manage it and enable both of them go out on a high.

"This year is like a book-end for me," Foster told Press Association Sport.

"As an athlete 40 years ago I was aiming for a double-double in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and I was beaten in both races by the great Lasse Viren.

"This year, Mo will attempt his latest double-double and it will be on the track where he famously won his Olympic golds (in 2012).

"So for me as an athlete and a commentator it just seems the right time and the right place to say 'thank you and goodbye' and hopefully Mo can do the business again and we can both step down together on a high.

"My last commentary will be Mo's last track race. I planned it that way.

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Brendan Foster will retire this summer. Foster , who won gold over 5,000 "We have had so many special days, and those recently with Sir Mo Farah winning golds galore, particularly "It's also been an honour to work with so many great people who have been a part of the BBC athletics team - both

The BBC commentator and former Olympian insisted star "is clean. If he isn’t, I’d refuse to be a commentator on him ever again''.

"I've been fortunate enough to commentate on some memorable moments - witnessing true greatness at times. But if I could write the script and see one more thing, commentate on one more thing, before I call it a day it would be for Mo to win again at the World Championships."

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Farah could completely turn his attentions to road racing following the World Championships in London. There has even been talk of him running the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Farah, who finished eighth on his marathon debut in London three years ago, will be 37 by the time the Games go to Japan but Foster thinks Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete could turn his hand to the longer distance - if he really wants to.

"Mo has had an amazing career, he'll go down in history as one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time," said Foster.

"What he does after the World Championship, whether he goes on the road or does the marathon, it's up to him. No one knows the answer to that just now - I don't even think Mo would know the answer to that just now.

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Great North Run founder Brendan Foster believes Mo Farah has an opportunity to prove his long-distance credentials. Farah , 30, won Olympic gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 - his two specialist events.

"He will be so focused on his preparations for the World Championships. But he will need to ask himself, when the time comes, does he have the drive and commitment to continue training with the same level of intensity as he has done for the past five or 10 years? It's hard, it's a long hard slog.

"He could do it, I'm sure. He's capable. If he wants to, because he'd want to be the best at it. Many 10,000 runners have made the step up and gone on to be great marathon runners. But I don't think there will be much point in asking Mo until this time next year as he won't know himself."

Foster's "lap of honour" begins on Sunday when he commentates on his last London Marathon - an event he has covered since its inception in 1981.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it, looking forward to the whole process. It's the 37th time I've done it, you'd think I'd be used to it by now, I've done every single one but it's as good as ever.

"The whole city comes alive and is awash with people and colour. It will be exciting at the front end, as it always is."

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