Athletics

Sir Mo Farah misses Olympic games by 19 seconds

The British athletics squad for the delayed Tokyo games will be named on Tuesday but for the first time since 2004, Farah who raced at the 2008 Beijing Games will miss out.

David GOMBE 

British athlete Sir Mo Farah will not defend his 10,000 metres Olympic title after failing to meet the qualifying time at the British Athletics Championship in Manchester.

Farah who clocked 27 minutes and 47 seconds was just 19 seconds short of the qualification time at Manchester Regional Arena.

This means that the British icon will not be able to defend the 10,000m title he won in 2012 and 2016.

Farah has also won the 5000m at the previous two Olympic games. He also has six world titles over 5000 and 10,000m.

Four time Olympic champion Mo Farah

In fact, for the past three years the 38 year old decided to move away from the track and concentrate on the Marathon.

The British athletics squad for the delayed Tokyo games will be named on Tuesday but for the first time since 2004, Farah who raced at the 2008 Beijing Games will miss out.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei will head to Tokyo as the favourite for the 10,000m race.

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