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    Multiple Olympic, European and world champion Mo Farah will contest his first 10,000m in nearly four years at the European 10,000m Cup in Birmingham on 5 June.

    This will also be Farah’s first appearance at the European 10,000m Cup since 2010 when he won the individual title in 27:28.86, a precursor to six major 10,000m titles between the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona to the 2017 World Championships in London. 

    Farah will be aiming for a time slightly faster than his winning performance a decade ago as the Olympic 10,000m qualifying standard stands at 27:28.00. Now 38, Farah is targeting his third successive Olympic 10,000m title in Tokyo later this summer. 

    One of Farah’s principal rivals at the University of Birmingham Athletics Track next month will be his compatriot Marc Scott, one of the in-form distance runners in the early months of the season. Scott leads the 2021 world list at both the 3000m (7:36.09) and the 10,000m (27:10.41) and the quality of the British team alone is such the long-standing championship record of 27:14.44 held by Spain's Fabian Roncero could be under threat.

    The British team also features Sam Atkin who also has the qualifying standard with 27:26.58 as well as Jake Smith who looks set to take a significant chunk off his lifetime best of 29:01.08 which was set at the Gavle 2019 European Athletics U23 Championships.

    The European 10,000m Cup will amalgamate the British 10,000m Championships which also serves at the Olympic trial race for Tokyo.

    The women's team is headed by European 5000m silver medallist Eilish McColgan who finished second in the individual race at the 2019 European 10,000m Cup in Highgate, London and led the Brits to their fourth team title since 2015.

    McColgan, who has already broken the 31 minute-barrier this year with 30:58.94, is joined by Amy-Eloise Markovc and Verity Ockendon, the gold and bronze medallists in the 3000m at the Torun 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

    A winner over 800m at the 2013 European Athletics Team Championships Super League aged 18, Jess Judd is due to make her 10,000m debut next month.

    The full British team can be found here.