European 10,000m cup- cum British Olympics trials turned to be a roller coaster for Mo Farah. The multiple Olympic, World and European champion finished a distant eighth in 27:50.54 outside Olympic qualifying time.
Former European champion in track and cross country Morhad Amdouni of France, destroyed the stellar line-up to come home in 27:23.27 inside the Olympic qualifying mark.
Farah's training mate Bashir Abdi of Belgium was runner-up in 27:24.41. Abdi improved his personal best by 12 seconds as he beat the summer games target. Amazingly Abdi stands tall in the marathon with a superb 2:04:49.
Carlos Moyo of Spain was the last athlete to attained Olympic time in the twenty-five laps event. The Madrid-based runner has won several accolades in the U23 European championships.
What's next for Farah?
Now, for him to sets foot in Tokyo Olympics, he needs to work on two options. One, he still has until 27 June to dip inside 27:28 in 10,000m. Alternatively, he can try luck in 5000m, which seems to favor him too.
All the same Mo Farah can retire as one of the greatest athletes in long-distance running in track for achieving the double-double in 5000m and 10,000m in successive Olympics games.
10,000m Men results.
1.Marhad Amdouni (FRA) 27:23.39
2.Bashir Abdi (BEL) 27:24.41
3.Carlos Moyo (ESP) 27:25.00
4.Nils Voigt (GER) 27.49.04
5.Yann Schrub (FRA) 27:49.64
6.Jesus Ramos (ESP) 27:49.73
7.Marc Scott (GRB) 27:49.94
8.Mo Farah (GRB) 27:50.64