Four time Olympic champion, Mo Farah was unexpectedly out-sprinted by little known Ellis Cross at the Vitality London 10km Race that was held on Monday (2) in Central London.
The 38-year-old, Britain’s most decorated track and field athlete, has not raced since suffering a fractured foot in June last year. He fell short of the 10,000m selection time for last year’s Tokyo Olympics at the British Championships.
Farah’s has his career put in shambles after the four-time Olympic champion was beaten in his first race of the year by an unknown club runner.
Ellis took the top honors in a time of 28:40 with Farah coming home in second place four seconds later.
Farah who has repeatedly said that he would like to represent his country one last time before retirement, and this summer presents three opportunities in the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
After this performance, there will be huge doubts over whether he is even capable of achieving the qualifying standard for any of those events.
“It’s a tough one,” Farah told the BBC. “It’s your body, Your body has to be ready. You have to be ready to compete with these guys.
“Today was a tough day. Ellis did really well to beat me. But you have to see where you are. That’s where I am now.
A jubilant Ellis told the BBC: “I’ve beaten somebody who is an idol. He’s known throughout the world and I’ve just beaten him over his prime distance. I didn’t quite follow the script today, but to pull it off and win it, I’m delighted.”
Farah is the 5,000m and 10,000m champion at both the London and Rio Games, is also a seven-time winner of the London 10,000.