Tokyo Olympics: Mo Farah misses 10,000m qualification time

The 38-year-old finished eighth in the European 10,000m Cup with 27 minutes and 50.54 seconds, 22 seconds short of the required time to make the Team GB squad heading to Tokyo in July.

File photo: Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is in danger of missing out on the Tokyo Games.   -  REUTERS

Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is in danger of missing out on the Tokyo Games after falling short of the 10,000 metres qualifying mark at a meet in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 38-year-old finished eighth in the European 10,000m Cup with 27 minutes and 50.54 seconds, 22 seconds short of the required time to make the Team GB squad heading to Tokyo in July.

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Farah, who won back-to-back 5,000m and 10,000m golds at the two previous Games, has until June 27 to make the required time of 27:28.

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The Briton appeared to turn his back on track racing to focus on marathon running after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. However, in late 2019, he announced that he aimed to defend his 10,000m title in the 2020 Tokyo Games. They were originally scheduled to start in July 2020 but were postponed due to Covid-19 fears.

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