Mo Farah will not defend his Tokyo Olympics title after he failed to run the 10,000m qualifying standard at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester on Friday night.
The 4-time Olympic champion ran 27:47.04, missing the Tokyo automatic qualifying mark by 20 seconds. The required qualifying time for Tokyo was 27 minutes and 28 seconds.
"It's a tough one," Farah said.
"If I can't compete with the best I'm not just going there to finish in a final. Tonight shows it's not good enough."
"It was quite windy," he continued.
"I tried to push and push. I knew I was on my own.
"It was amazing to have a crowd once more. That's all you can do as a human being: you give it your all.
"I've been lucky enough to have had the long career I've had. I'm very grateful but that's all I had today."
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