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Farah misses Olympic qualifying target

  • Published at 08:10 pm June 26th, 2021
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Mo Farah

The British athletics squad for Tokyo will be named Tuesday but for the first time since 2004, Farah will not be in it

Mohamed Farah will not race for a third successive 10,000 metres gold medal in Tokyo this year after he again failed to make the Olympic qualifying time in the British Athletics Championships Friday - his last realistic chance to do so.

Farah, 38, who also won double Olympic gold in the 5,000m, needed to clock 27 minutes, 28 seconds to make himself available for selection, having fallen 22 seconds short of that target in his last outing at the start of June when he was hampered by an ankle injury.

Friday he was marginally faster with 27:47.04, but still almost 20 seconds adrift.

Farah, who also has six world titles over 5,000 and 10,000, moved away from the track to concentrate on the marathon for more than three years but returned for another shot at the Olympics over his favorite distance.

In Friday's race he was on target pace through halfway but quickly began to run out of partners. 

By the 6km mark he was on his own, facing a tough solo time trial to keep his Olympic dream alive.

Despite a noisy crowd willing him on, he began to drop off the pace and after 8,000m was 10 seconds adrift. He continued to lose time, grimacing as he battled through the last lap, eventually coming up well short.

The British athletics squad for Tokyo will be named Tuesday but for the first time since 2004, Farah, who also raced at the 2008 Beijing Games, will not be in it.

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