MO FARAH'S athletics career appeared to have been ended today – by a club runner who PAID to race against him.
Ellis Cross, 25, who works part-time in an athletics shop in Teddington, stunned Farah and the crowd at the Vitality London 10,000m in front of Buckingham Palace.
Cross ran away from Farah with his final kick to win by 10m in 28m 40s.
It left the four-time Olympic gold medal winner and six-time world champion, 39, conceding his elite track career IS over.
Farah said: “When I line up I’ve got to be the best athlete I can be and I have to believe I can win.
“Today, where I am, it looked like there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.
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“I’m just being honest with you guys. In terms of track, that’s it, I think.
“There’s a potential of going to the Commonweath Games in Birmingham or the Europeans this summer.
“But with the World Championships, because I’ve been there and done it, unless I can compete with the guys and be competitive, you’ve got to kind of be honest and make that decision.
“At the minute I think I’ve got a lot of work to get back into it and race again and be in decent shape.”
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Farah revealed he had missed five months of training after tearing his right quad after his failed attempt to gain selection for last year’s rescheduled Olympics in Tokyo but was not making excuses.
Meanwhile, still “pinching myself”, Cross revealed he had splashed out the £37 entry fee and was “hoping for a top five”.
He said: “No-one knows who I am. I’m just a club runner.
“I didn’t get elite entry – I got turned down for that. So I had to pay the entry fee, sleep in my own bed, wake at 6am and take the train in.
“When I was running round everyone was calling Mo’s name because they know who he is and I don’t have my name on my bib. It’s unbelievable.”
In the women’s race, Eilish McColgan just missed out on breaking Paula Radcliffe's 19-year-old British and European 10,000m record, finishing two seconds outside the mark in 30m 23s.
McColgan said: “I’m gutted to have got so close but I’m still really pleased with that run. It sets me up for the season.”
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