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‘I’m not getting any younger’: Mo Farah loses to club runner on return to racing | Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah’s return to competitive action ended with defeat by club runner Ellis Cross at the Vitality London 10,000.

Farah was racing for the first time since failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last June and he was unable to outkick 26-year-old Cross, who was running in the vest of Aldershot, Farnham & District Athletic Club, over the final stages.

Farah finished in 28 minutes 44 seconds, four seconds behind Cross, and a minute outside the 39-year-old’s best time on the road. Afterwards Farah was non-committal about his plans for the rest of the season, and whether he will target July’s world championships in Eugene.

Speaking to the BBC, the four-time Olympic champion said: “Your body has to be ready. You have to be in the right frame of mind. You have to be able to compete with the guys.

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“Today was a tough day. Ellis did really well to win here. But you’ve got to see where you are. At the minute I don’t even know. You’ve got to take it race by race and let the body see what it can do. I’m not getting any younger, am I?

“I did put some good blocks of training together but it’s been so, so long – nine months since my last race. I love the sport and I love what I do. I’ve had a long career but there’s a lot of youngsters who are coming through, which is nice to see.”

A leading group that also included Chris Thompson was whittled down to two, with the unfancied Cross left stunned after emerging victorious. He said: “I didn’t believe it until 20 metres from the finish, I was like: ‘He’s just going to outkick me, that’s just that.’ I can’t explain the feeling. It’s overwhelming.

“The most inspiring thing for myself is I’ve beaten somebody that’s an idol. He’s known around 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, I’m delighted.”

Eilish McColgan continues her impressive start to the season with victory in the women’s race.
Eilish McColgan continues her impressive start to the season with victory in the women’s race. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Victory in the women’s race went to Eilish McColgan, who finished just two seconds shy of Paula Radcliffe’s British record, posting a time of 30min 23sec.

The Scot has had an impressive start to the season having broken Radcliffe’s British half-marathon record in February before improving her own 5km record in Malaga last weekend.

McColgan said: “I’m really, really happy with today. Obviously I’m disappointed to just miss it but it is what it is and hopefully I’ll have another couple of opportunities this year.”

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