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London Vitality 10,000: Mo Farah beaten by Ellis Cross as Eilish McColgan sets Scottish mark

Farah finished four seconds behind surprise winner Cross
Farah finished four seconds behind surprise winner Cross

Mo Farah finished second after surprise winner Ellis Cross when the four-time Olympic champion returned to competition for the first time in 11 months at the Vitality London 10,000.

Farah, who last ran in June 2021, was unable to kick out of Cross, who won by four seconds in 28 minutes and 40 seconds.

Before the race, Farah said it would not “make any sense” to continue driving if he could not compete at the top level.

“Today was tough and Ellis did well in beating me,” Farah, 39, told BBC Sport.

Farah, who was unable to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo after breaking his foot in the build-up to the qualification, added: “It’s really important to test your body and see where you are. It’s so long since my last race.

“I love the sport and what I do. I’ve had a long career. Your body needs to be ready. You need to be in the right mood and compete with the guys. You need to say where you are … I guess I’m not young more?”

Cross shines as McColgan walks close

Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan narrowly missed improving on Paula Radcliffe’s British record

Cross, who represents Aldershot, Farnham & District, said he “did not quite follow the script” in disturbing Farah in front of an audience in London cheering on him at the 16,000-man event.

“I can not believe it,” Cross told BBC Sport.

“I did not believe it until 20 meters from goal. I thought he was just going to kick me out. I can not explain the feeling, it is overwhelming. I have beaten someone who is like an idol. He is known around the world. “and I have beaten him over his best distance. No one knows who I am, but the crowds rejoice.”

Britain’s Eilish McColgan dominated the women’s field and finished just two seconds behind Paula Radcliffe’s 19-year-old British and European 10,000m record.

McColgan, 31, clocked 30:23, which was enough to at least set a Scottish record, which improved the grade of 30:39 that her mother Liz had set in 1989.

“I’m really happy,” McColgan told BBC Sport. “I’m disappointed to just miss it, but hopefully I’ll get a few more opportunities this year. For me, this is one of the harder records. Part of me did not believe I could do it. It has given me a lot of confidence. “

In the elite wheelchair races, Britain’s Danny Sidbury took the men’s race in 21:23, while Samantha Kinghorn showed her versatility in the transition from sprint disciplines to winning in 24:45.

Kinghorn told BBC Sport she will shift her focus back to the track: “Hopefully I will go to the Commonwealth Games and do a 1500m and then I will step down to the sprints in Paris for the Paralympic Games.

“I do not feel any pressure on the road and love it.”

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