Four time Olympic champion, Mo Farah who was racing for the first time since June and was unexpectedly out-sprinted by little known Ellis Cross at the Vitality London 10km Race, has admitted his elite track career could be over after he finished runner-up on Monday.
The 39-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.
“In terms of the track, that’s it, I think,” Farah said. “Your body has to be ready. You have to be in the right frame of mind and compete with the guys. I love the sport and what I do, I’ve had a long career. “The reality is that it has been so, so long. In my career, I’ve never been out that long before… Today was tough and Ellis did well to beat me,” Said Sir, Farah.
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.
“The World Championships are not on my radar at the minute… Because I’ve been there and done it, unless I can compete with the guys and be competitive, you’ve got to be honest and make that decision,” Farah concluded.