Multi-Olympic and world champion Mo Farah races for the first time since participating in the Vibrant London 10,000 road race in June; the 39-year-old is overtaken by Ellis Cook in the closing stages

Last updated: 2/5/22 4:40pm

Mo Farah crosses finish line in Vitality London 10,000 road race, finishes second in men’s race

Multi-Olympic and world champion Mo Farah has admitted his elite track career could be over after he was runner-up in the Vivid London 10,000 on Monday when he returned to the field.

Farah, who completed the 5,000m and 10,000m doubles at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, competed for the first time since failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last June.

The 39-year-old Briton was a minute behind his best time at the 2010 London road race when he was overtaken by club runner Ellis Cross, 26, who had a time lead of 4.28s 40 seconds.

“In terms of the track, I think that’s it,” Farah said. “Your body has to be ready. You have to have the right mentality and compete with the players. I love the sport and what I do, I have a long career.

“The reality is, it’s been so long. In my career, I’ve never been out for so long… Today was tough and Ellis beat me and did a good job.”

Farah, who has won the London race seven times, confirmed he will definitely miss the World Championships in Eugene in July.

However, he did not comment when asked if he would compete in the Commonwealth Games or the European Championships in August.

As far as the track is concerned, I think that’s it. Your body has to be ready. You have to have the right mindset and compete with these guys.

Mo Farah

“Now, no,” Farah said. “Three, months, two months… we still have time.

“It’s no secret that you have to put in the effort, you have to put in the effort. If my body allows me to keep doing it, then maybe.

“The World Championship is off my radar at the moment…because I’ve been there and done, unless I can compete and be competitive with these guys, you have to be honest and make decisions.”