Mo Farah,the great dominator of long distances in recent years, will not be at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The 38-year-old Briton, winner of the gold medal in the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters in Rio 2016 and London 2012, did not achieve the minimum time in the qualifying round of the British Championship held last Friday and is left with no options to compete. the appointment that begins on July 23rd.
The runner had to get a mark of 27 minutes and 28 seconds, or less to enter the British team, but in his last two opportunities he has been out by just a few seconds. At the beginning of June he tried the minimum for the first time during the European Cup and stayed 22 seconds behind the mark (27 ′ 50 ′ ”), affected by an ankle injury. On Friday, still in discomfort, he was a little faster with 27 ′ 47 ′ ”, but still almost 20 seconds below the minimum.
Despite the bad weather throughout the test, Farah did not want to look for excuses. “It is what it is. I really thought I’d come here, I’d get the time I pushed all I could, I ran with all my might. It’s all you can do as a human being: give your all, ”Farah admitted after the race. The athlete was disappointed and acknowledged that he will not extend his career to have no options to compete. “I have been lucky to have had the long career that I have had. I’m very grateful, but that’s all I had today. “
Farah, who also has six world titles over 5,000m and 10,000m, wandered off the track to focus on the marathon for more than three years. In 2020 he achieved the best time in the one-hour race, with 21,330 meters, surpassing the record held by the Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie (21,285 in 2007 in Ostrava).
Farah had returned for another shot at the Olympics on her favorite distance, with the goal of fighting for the gold medals again. However, he will have to watch the Olympic event from the sofa at home: “It will be hard,” he acknowledged, “of course it will be hard. But it is the Olympics. If you can’t compete, you have to watch them at home ”.