European 10000m Cup: Frencham Amdouni wins as Mo Farah finishes 8th

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Morhad Amdouni of France won the European 10,000m Cup while Mo Farah suffered his first loss over the distance since the 2011 World Championships in Daegu in Birmingham on Saturday. 

The European 10000m Cup doubled as the British Olympic trials.

In the final stretch, Amdouni outsprinted Bashir Abdi of Belgium and Spaniard Carlos Mayo to win the European 10,000m cup in a new PB of 27:23.39. Abdi took second with a PB of 27:24.41 while Mayo finished in 3rd in 27:25.00. The Spaniard shaved more than 1 minute and 20 seconds from his previous personal best. All three men also ran inside the Tokyo Olympics qualifying standard of 27:28.00.

Meanwhile, the 4-time Olympic champion Mo Farah finished in a disappointing 8th place in 27:50.64 and missed the Olympic qualifying time by 23 seconds. Among the Brits, Farah was 2nd behind Marc Scott who finished 7th in 27:49.94. Scott had already run Tokyo standard with 27:10.41 in February. Farah competed in his first track 10,000m race in four years.

In the women's elite 10,000m race, Great Britain's Eilish McColgan outkicked Israel's Selamawit Teferi in the final 80m to claim victory in 31:19.21 and to book her ticket to Tokyo.

Jess Judd came in third in a new PB of 31:20.84 and confirmed her place on the British team for Tokyo. At the 2019 World championships, Judd represented Brittain in the 1500m and 5000m.

See the full meet results here.

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