Mo Farah given one last chance to make Tokyo 2020 as UK Athletics scramble to arrange a trial race at this month’s British Championships after four-time Olympic champion finished 22 SECONDS outside of qualifying for 10,000m
- The trial will take the form of an invitational 10,000m in Manchester on 25 June
- The race at the British Championships will be Farah’s final chance to qualify
- However, there will be doubts over whether Farah can run the time required
- He last ran 27 minutes and 50 seconds, 22 seconds off the qualifying mark
- Farah explained the poor time by saying he has been nursing an ankle injury
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Sir Mo Farah will take a final shot at qualifying for the Olympics after UK Athletics hastily arranged a trial race at the British Championships later this month.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist has been forced to scramble for a suitable 10,000m race after shockingly finishing 22 seconds outside the qualifying mark in Birmingham on June 5.
With Farah facing a deadline of June 27 to achieve the 27min28sec standard, or else lose his chance to defend his title in Tokyo, UKA have stepped in by convening an invitational 10,000m at the national championships on June 25 in Manchester.
Mo Farah’s has one last chance to qualify for the Olympics 10,000m and defend his 2016 gold
The 38-year-old is competing in a hastily arranged trial race at the British Championships
Farah finished 22 seconds short of the Olympic qualifying time during a race earlier this month
There will be strong question marks over whether Farah can hit the qualifying time, particularly because the 38-year-old cited an ankle injury in the aftermath of his failed attempt in Birmingham.
Farah struck a defiant tone after that setback, saying: ‘It is not going to be as easy as saying I can do it. It showed in Birmingham that I am not myself.
‘It would be painful to miss out (on the Olympics) but at the same time I don’t want to just go and make a team or be number one in Britain, I want to go out there and challenge those guys (for gold). This will not be the end.’