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Farah misses Olympic 10,000m qualification time

June 06, 2021 13:19 IST
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Great Britain's Mohamed Farah competes in the Men's International Race A during the Muller British Athletics 10,000m Championships & European Athletics 10,000m Cup 2021 at University of Birmingham Athletics Track in Birmingham, England, on Saturday

IMAGE: Great Britain's Mohamed Farah competes in the Men's International Race A during the Muller British Athletics 10,000m Championships & European Athletics 10,000m Cup 2021 at University of Birmingham Athletics Track in Birmingham, England, on Saturday. Photograph: Jan Kruger - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images

Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah is in danger of missing out on the Tokyo Games after falling short of the 10,000 metres qualifying mark at a meet in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 38-year-old finished eighth in the European 10,000m Cup with a time of 27 minutes and 50.54 seconds, 22 seconds short of the required time to make the Team GB squad heading to Tokyo in July.

 

Farah, who won back-to-back 5,000m and 10,000m golds at the two previous Games, has until June 27 to make the required time of 27:28.

The Briton appeared to turn his back on track racing to focus on marathon running after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. However, he announced in late 2019 that he aimed to defend his 10,000m title in the 2020 Tokyo Games that were postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bromell runs fastest 100 meters this year

American Trayvon Bromell underlined his credentials as the Tokyo Olympics 100 meters gold medal favorite on Saturday by running the fastest time this year of 9.77 seconds at the New Life Invitational in Miramar, Florida.

Bromell becomes the ninth man to dip under 9.80 seconds, slashing nearly one-10th of a second off his personal best of 9.84.

Marvin Bracey of the United States was second in 9.85 followed by Chris Royster in 10.08.

Reigning Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m and 200m events, clocking 10.87 and 22.54 seconds, respectively.

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