Farah misses Tokyo 10,000m qualification time | Daily News

Farah misses Tokyo 10,000m qualification time

Mo Farah in action
Mo Farah in action

Two-time defending champion Mo Farah's hopes of representing Great Britain in the Olympic 10,000m seem to be over after he fell short of the qualifying mark in the European 10,000m Cup on Saturday.

The 38-year-old was eighth, behind fellow Briton Marc Scott, in a race that doubled as the Olympic trial.

Farah's time of 27 minutes 50.54 seconds in Birmingham was more than 22 seconds short of the required time.

He said afterwards that he was carrying an injury to his left ankle. "I'm disappointed with the result," he said.

"The last 10 days haven't been great but no matter what I achieve in my career it's important I come out and show at the trials.”

"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.”

Farah has until June 27 to dip inside the 27:28s standard for Tokyo.

Alternatively he could turn his attention to the 5,000m, an event he also won Gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, at the British Championships on June 26. (BBC)