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Sir Mo Farah has confirmed to talkSPORT he has no plans to retire after his Tokyo Olympics heartbreak.
The four-time Olympic champion may not be at next month’s Games, but he insists he is ‘not finished yet’ and has revealed he wants to end his career with ‘something massive’.
Unfortunately for Sir Mo, that ‘massive’ achievement will not be in Japan this year – and is unlikely to be at another Olympics – after he fell short of qualification for Team GB.
Farah will be a significant absence for Great Britain at next month’s Games after his hopes of qualifying disappeared during an anti-climatic 10,000m attempt on Friday.
The long-distance runner was 19 seconds outside the time needed to make the Team GB squad, and will not defend the title he won in 2012 and 2016.
At 38-year-old, it appears the British athletics legend – who also won the 5,000m at London and Rio – has missed the chance for an Olympics career swansong.
Afterwards, Farah said he will consider his career, only for his coach Gary Lough to insist ‘there was no way’ that was going to happen.
And, in an open, honest and raw interview with talkSPORT host Jim White, on Monday Farah himself confirmed he is not hanging up his spikes.
“At the moment in my career, I feel like I’m not finished yet,” he said.
“I know I can do it and I will not end it like this.
“I want to end it with something massive. Although obviously nothing is going to be as big as the Olympics, I want to come back out and do something great.
“That’s what makes us champions. You have to continue, you have to go over many hurdles and you have to push on.
“At the moment, it’s tough, but I will continue. You’ll see that smile again.”
You could hear the rawness in his voice as Sir Mo looked back on this disappointment.
He said there were no excuses for his slow time that saw him miss out on a place in Team GB.
And he admitted he did not deserve a spot on the roster if he could not compete with the best on the Tokyo track – as he had done when he claimed double golds in London and Rio.
Reflecting on Friday’s shock result, Farah said: “Honestly, I don’t know. It was a massive shock to me, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t made it.
“I’ve been training well over the last two weeks, we’ve been doing everything right, so there are no complaints with my foot, everything’s fine.
“I just couldn’t do it. I still havent got my head around it. That’s a part of sport, you’ve got to turn up and you’ve got to do it, and I came short of it.
“I honestly can’t put my finger on it. I was pain free, I just couldn’t quite do it.
“As a sportsman you’ve just got to get a hold of it, you’ve got to own it, move on and see what you can do – and I know I can do more, that’s the frustrating part.
“The Olympics only come around every four years and when the opportunity comes you’ve got to take it, but this is the reality now, I’m not going. I’m so disappointed.
“But I’ve said from day one, if I can’t compete with the best out there, I wouldn’t bother. If I’m not capable of that, why would I turn up just to make it on the team? I wouldn’t do that.”