Mo Farah misses Tokyo Olympics 10,000m qualification time

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Photo credit: Jan Kruger - Getty Images
  • Sir Mo Farah fell short of the Tokyo Olympics 10,000m qualification time in the European 10,000m Cup.

  • Farah finished in eighth place, with a time of 27 minutes 50.54 seconds, 22 seconds slower than the qualification time.

Mo Farah's Olympic dreams look like they might be over after he crossed the line in eighth place at the European 10,000m Cup in Birmingham last night. His time of 27 minutes 50.54 seconds is 22 seconds slower than the qualification time.

Farah, 38, said after the event, which doubled as an Olympic Trail, that he was carrying an injury to his left ankle.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said, 'I'm disappointed with the result. The last 10 days hasn't been great but no matter what I achieve in my career it's important I come out and show at the trials.'

Photo credit: Matt Lewis - British Athletics - Getty Images
Photo credit: Matt Lewis - British Athletics - Getty Images

'It would have been easy not to show. I dug in deep and with 15 laps to go, you know my face, I was hurting hard. I had to keep fighting and digging in.

'What makes us great is being able to challenge yourself and prove it. So that is what you have got to do as the next stage.'

Farah has until 27 June 2021 to run a 27:28 10,000m to qualify for the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games. His PB over the distance is 26:46.57, which is also the European record.

Farah has spent the past three and a half years focusing on the marathon distance and announced in 2019 he'd be returning to the track with the hope of competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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