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Mo Farah to make last-gasp Olympics attempt at British Championships

Mo Farah to make last-gasp Olympics attempt at British Championships
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The four-time Olympic champion still needs to beat the Games qualifying time to go to Tokyo.

Sir Mo Farah will make a last-gasp attempt to qualify for the Olympics at the British Athletics Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion is yet to hit the qualifying standard for the 10,000m after a failed attempt earlier this month.

He needs to beat 27 minutes 28 seconds to stand a chance of defending his title from 2012 and 2016 and will race at the Championships in Manchester on Friday, June 25.

Mo Farah has won four Olympic gold medals
Mo Farah has won four Olympic gold medals (Mike Egerton/PA)

Farah clocked 27 mins 50.64 secs at the British 10,000m Championships at the University of Birmingham on June 5 to come eighth in his first 10,000m race since quitting the track to focus on the marathon in 2017 but still felt he could defend his Olympic title.

"Yeah, I believe so. It will take courage and balls to be able to go out there and mix it with the guys," he said, after a first 10,000m defeat in a decade.

"At the same time, if it is in a situation like now, then there's no choice but I believe if I get my head down in the next three or four weeks, knuckle down, get this little (ankle) niggle out the way and then hopefully we should be alright.

"This will not be the end. No, no, no, no. There's a lot of work to be done and I just have to get this thing sorted. It won't take me long in terms of my fitness. I have to make sure I'm the right."

Farah has now recovered from his ankle problem and the Manchester race – with the championships doubling up as Olympic trials – will be his last chance to reach Tokyo with the deadline on June 27.

The University of Birmingham event was the official Olympic 10,000m trial for British athletes and Farah finished as the second Brit home behind Marc Scott.

It means the 38-year-old will be selected for Tokyo if he runs inside the qualifying time in Manchester.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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