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Mo Farah misses qualifying time for Tokyo Olympics

Mo Farah

Great Britain’s Sir Mo Farah sprints to the finish line in the Men’s International Race A, part of the 2021 Muller British Athletics 10,000m Championships and the European 10,000m Cup at University of Birmingham. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Mo Farah, the Brit who swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the last two Olympics, failed to run a qualifying time for the Tokyo Games on Friday in what was likely his last chance to make the Olympic team.

Farah, 38, clocked 27:47.04 in the 10,000m at the British Olympic Trials in Manchester, missing the Olympic qualifying time of 27:28.00. The deadline to get the time is next Tuesday.

Farah was asked if it was his last career track race and answered, “That’s a tough one.”

“That’s all I had today,” Farah said in an on-track interview. “I’ve had a wonderful career. I’m very lucky enough to have the long career I’ve had.”

Three weeks ago, he clocked 27:50.64 in his first track 10,000m since winning the last of his six world championships in 2017. Farah said afterward he had a foot injury.

Farah left the track for the marathon after 2017 Worlds, then announced a return to the track in November 2019 for a fourth Olympic bid.

Since then, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m world record held by Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Cheptegei’s time, 26:11.00, is 35.57 seconds faster than Farah’s personal best from 2011.

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