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Mo Farah’s hopes for the Tokyo Olympics suffered a setback after losing 22 seconds less than the time it took to qualify.

The 38-year-old ran the 10,000m in 27 minutes 50.54 seconds, depriving him of the chance to defend his 2012 and 2016 Olympic titles.

Farah now has until June 27 to run the race in under 27 minutes and 28 seconds.

The four-time Olympic champion made a return to the 10,000m on Saturday, after focusing on the marathon for four years.

There had been speculation that he had turned his back on the track during those years, but at the end of 2019 he announced that he wanted to defend his 10,000m title at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Farah said he injured his ankle and was “disappointed” with his performance on Saturday.

He added: “The last 10 days haven’t been great, but no matter what I do in my career, it’s important that I come and show in the trials.

“It would have been easy not to show up.

“I dug deep and with 15 laps to go, you know my face, I was in a lot of pain.

“I had to keep fighting and digging.”

Athletics - London Marathon - London, Great Britain - October 4, 2020 British Pacemaker's Mo Farah with runners during the Elite Men's Pool race via REUTERS / Richard Heathcote
Farah has spent much of the past four years focusing on marathons

Speaking of his injury, he said: “It just happened suddenly.

“I had treatment and then when I came back it really exploded.

“To be honest, this is the first part I’ve done on the track in the last two weeks. It’s not ideal.

“What makes us great is being able to challenge yourself and prove it. So that’s what you need to do as a next step.

“I’m a four-time Olympic champion but that doesn’t mean anything. You have to go in every race and mix it up with the best and give yourself a chance.”

Marc Scott was crowned British champion after finishing seventh, with a time placing him second in the UK standings behind Farah’s national record of 26 minutes and 46.57 seconds.

French rider Morhad Amdouni took first place in Saturday’s race.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-06 00:15:00

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