Manchester, June 26 (IANS) Long-distance Olympic champion Mo Farah’s chances of competing at the Olympics in Tokyo disappeared when one of the most successful British athletes once again failed to reach the qualifying time of 27min 28sec at the specially arranged race at the British Athletics Championships.
The 38-year-old Farah, who won a magnificent doubles match with 5,000 and 10,000 meters gold at the Olympics in London in 2012 and 2016, had on June 5 been unable to qualify for the qualifying time at the European Athletics 10,000m Cup in Birmingham, timing 27:50 : 54, which was his slowest since 2014 and good enough for eighth place.
On Friday, he failed once again, even though his time of 27: 47.04 was marginally better than the June 5 race.
Farah was on target pace through the halfway mark, but at the 6,000m mark he began to slow down.
With 2,000 m to go, he was 10 seconds in operation and continued to lose time.
“It is hard. I’ve had a great career, thinking about it tonight, it’s a little shocking, and I do not really know what to say. I’m lucky enough to have so many medals.
“I’m one of those athletes, if you can not compete with the best, why bother? Maybe it’s time to spend time with my kids, ”Farah was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
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