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Sir Mo Farah given 'wake-up call' with rare defeat at Edinburgh Cross Country


Sir Mo Farah (centre) was competing for the first time since his knighthood  CREDIT: PA

Sir Mo Farah has urged his supporters not to worry about a first competitive defeat by a fellow Briton in seven years, insisting it has given him a “wake-up call” following a poor training stint.

A severely undercooked Farah struggled home in seventh place atSaturday’s Edinburgh Cross Country as British team-mate Callum Hawkins came within a whisker of victory, missing out by just one second to American Leonard Korir.

Competing for the first time since he was knighted in the New Year Honours list, the defeat was Farah’s first against another British athlete since the same event in 2010, although he also finished behind boxer Anthony Joshua over 100 metres in the BBC television show Superstars after the London 2012 Olympics.

 Understandably downbeat after Saturday’s race, Farah revealed he was only “65 to 70 per cent” fit and was adamant he would use the poor performance as motivation.

“It definitely fires me up,” he said. “It gives me a little wake-up call. “It shows me, no matter what, if you are Olympic champion, world champion, that if you haven’t done the work, you will get beat.


“It’s as easy as that and the last couple of weeks haven’t gone as well as I wanted.

Don’t worry. Mo knows.” MORE... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2017/01/08/sir-mo-farah-given-wake-up-call-rare-defeat-edinburgh-cross/


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