Mo Farah suffers from a fractured foot, but says he wants to race again

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Photo credit: Nathan Stirk - Getty Images

Sir Mo Farah has said that he wants to race again, after he failed to qualify for the Olympics.

The four-time Olympic champion told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire that he wanted to end his career on his own terms: ‘You know what goes up must come down. I know my career is going to [plateau] at some point, that’s just life, but at the same time I don’t want to end it like this. I want to continue, to keep pushing, and when I want to finish then finish.’

Farah made the comments with his left foot in a cast, as he recovers from a fractured foot. The injury has been one of the reasons Farah missed out on Olympic qualification after attempts in Birmingham and Manchester.

Following his failure to qualify, Farah said he had no plans to retire. ‘At the moment in my career, I feel like I'm not finished yet,’ he told TalkSport.

He added that while he imagines his last race will be a marathon or half marathon, he still wanted to manage another 10,000m on the track.

‘I want to celebrate out there with my fans,’ he said. ‘I want to show people who supported [me] throughout my career, from when I was a young child. If I’m gonna do one race I want to get everyone out, I want to show the appreciation and show everyone what I can do.’

In the same interview, Farah also spoke out about the racism experienced by black sportsmen and women, including himself. He has previously spoken out in support of Bukayo Saka, one of the England footballers subjected to racist abuse after missing a penalty in last weekends Euros final.

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‘It seems like it’s getting worse, in my honest opinion, because back in the day – back in my time – there was never as much social media.’

He added: ‘I’ve had some shocking ones, I’ve had certain things that say: “you don’t belong”, “move here”,’ he said. In some messages he had been told to ‘go home’.

He said he thought tech platforms should make more effort to moderate content: ‘They have to be held accountable for what people get up to… I’ve had some shocking ones where I’ve seen the message, I’ve gone delete, I’ve blocked, I’ve gone report, I go back to the report and nothing happens.’

‘I know there’s more to be done. And social media companies need to do more,’ he said.

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