Mo Farah misses Tokyo Olympics Qualifyig Standard

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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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