July 26, 2021

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Tokyo Olympics: Mo Farah given final chance to qualify as UK Athletics hastily arrange trial 10,000m

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 27min 28sec 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 has one last chance to qualify for the Olympics' 10,000m and defend his 2016 gold

Mo Farah has one last chance to qualify for the Olympics' 10,000m and defend his 2016 gold

Mo Farah 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

The 38-year-old is competing in a hastily arranged trial race at the British Championships

The 38-year-old is competing in a hastily arranged trial race at the British Championships

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.’

Farah finished 22 seconds short of the Olympic qualifying time during a race earlier this month

Farah finished 22 seconds short of the Olympic qualifying time during a race earlier this month

Farah finished 22 seconds short of the Olympic qualifying time during a race earlier this month

On the injury, he added: ‘I’ve been carrying a niggle since I got back from training. It is frustrating because I have done a lot of good work in Flagstaff, training has gone well. If you had asked me two weeks ago it would have been a lot different. It is what it is, it is part of sport.

‘To be honest, this is the first bit I have done of track in the last two weeks. It is not ideal.

‘I am 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.’