For most of the 2010s, track fans became used to seeing some version of the image above. But, having conquered the track many times over, Mo Farah departed for the roads after winning the race above -- the 2017 Diamond League 5,000m final.
Farah had some fun on the roads, notably winning the 2018 Chicago Marathon, but looking at what will likely be his final Olympics in Tokyo, decided the best path to a gold medal was the one that didn't involve Eliud Kipchoge.
So now he's back, running the European 10,000m Cup tomorrow in Birmingham in search of the 27:28 Olympic standard and a spot at a fourth Olympic Games.
Farah isn't the only star hitting the track this weekend. There's Sifan Hassan in Hengelo, Jenny Simpson & Sydney McLaughlin in Nashville, and...well, you should probably just read this article to get the full scoop.
It is also June, which means that over the next three weeks, we will get to see two of the best track meets in the world --- the NCAA Championships & US Olympic Trials -- in one of the world's best stadium with fans in the stands. It's going to be incredible, and there's not long to go now...
We get you ready for a busy weekend with compelling races all over the globe. Farah needs to hit the 27:28 Olympic standard in the 10,000 at the European 10,000m Cup in Birmingham, while McLaughlin & Simpson return to action at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville (Sunday, 5-7 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Plus Sifan Hassan headlines a stacked Hengelo meet.
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