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TOKYO 2020: 10,000m Olympic champion at risk of missing out

Mo Farah's chances of representing Great Britain in the 10,000m at the global games hang in balance.

David GOMBE

Mo Farah’s chances of representing Great Britain in the 10,000m at the global games hang in balance.

The two time defending champion fell short of the qualifying mark in the European 10,000m cup.

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

He finished eighth, behind fellow countryman Marc Scott in the race that doubled as the Olympic trial.

Farah was racing in a track 10,000m for the first time since the World Championships in 2017.

The British Icon now has until 27th June to make the required 27:28 standard for Tokyo in the 10,000m.

In case, Farah makes it he will battle Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei who is the current world champion and the 10,000m world record holder if he is to defend his crown.

Farah is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m. Farah is the second athlete, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles at successive Olympic Games. He also completed the ‘distance double’ at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics.

He was the second man, after Kenenisa Bekele, to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to defend both distance titles in both major global competitions.

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