MO FARAH’S chances of making a fourth Olympics are in major doubt following a first 10,000m defeat for TEN years.
The reigning Olympic champion has only three weeks to prove his form for Team GB after failing to secure the qualifying time of 27 minutes 28 seconds.
Yorkshireman Marc Scott, 27, was seventh (27:49.83) in the European Cup last night at the University of Birmingham with Farah lagging behind in eighth (27:50.54).
Age has finally caught up with the 38-year-old, who has until June 27 to find a race globally where he can dip under the necessary standard – if not, then he will stay at home this summer.
In his first track race since 2017, Farah blamed his slowest time over the distance for seven years on a left ankle injury.
He said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the result but it is what it is.
“Without making any excuses, the last ten days haven’t been great since I came back from training but it was important I came to the trials.
“With 15 laps to go, you know my face, but I was hurting hard. I just had to keep fighting, keep digging.
“I’ve been carrying a niggle since I got back from training. It is frustrating.
“It just suddenly came on. I have had some treatment to it and then coming back, it really flared up.
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“To be honest, this is the first bit I have done of track in the last two weeks. It is not ideal.
“I have no fears you know this is part of the sport.
“What makes us great is being able to challenge yourself and prove it. So that is what you have got to do as the next stage.
“I am a four-time Olympic champion but that doesn’t mean nothing. You’ve got to go out there each race and mix it with the best and give yourself a chance.”
Scot Eilish McColgan won a thrilling women’s race in a time of 31:19.35 and she will be joined on the flight to Tokyo by Jessica Judd, who clocked a personal best of 31:20.96.