Mo Farah says he has no plans to retire after missing out on Tokyo

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Photo credit: Nathan Stirk - Getty Images
  • Mo Farah has said he has no plans on retiring after failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

  • Farah fell 19 seconds outside the Olympic qualifying time in the 10,000m at the British Championships on Friday.

Following a difficult few weeks for the four-time Olympic Champion, Mo Farah, has said he has no plans on retiring from the sport just yet. Talking to TalkSport, Farah said, 'At the moment in my career, I feel like I'm not finished yet'. Farah fell 19 seconds outside the Olympic qualifying time in the 10,000m at the British Championships on Friday.

Before Friday's event, Farah had hinted that he would have to reconsider his future on the track should he not qualify for the Olympics. The 38-year-old won the 5,000m and 10,000m double at both the London and Rio Olympic Games.

'I know I can do it and I will not end it like this. I want to end it with something massive. Although obviously nothing is going to be as big as the Olympics, I want to come back out and do something great', Farah said.

'That's what makes us champions. You have to continue, you have to go over many hurdles and you have to push on.

'At the moment, it's tough, but I will continue. You'll see that smile again.'

Photo credit: Nathan Stirk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Nathan Stirk - Getty Images

Farah went on to add, 'As a sportsman you've just got to get a hold of it, you've got to own it, move on and see what you can do - and I know I can do more, that's the frustrating part.

'The Olympics only come around every four years and when the opportunity comes you've got to take it. But this is the reality now, I'm not going. I'm so disappointed.

'But I've said from day one, if I can't compete with the best out there, I wouldn't bother. If I'm not capable of that, why would I turn up just to make it on the team? I wouldn't do that.'

The full Olympic team will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday 29 June.

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