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Mo Farah terrified after being airlifted to hospital in agony

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British star Mo Farah has spoken of the terrifying moment he collapsed before being airlifted to hospital.

The double Olympic champion over 5,000m and 10,000m was forced to miss the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to the incident, which occurred on a training run in Utah.

He had previously competed and collapsed before receiving medical attention at the New York marathon in March.

Farah lost conciousness after being taken to hospital in Utah, and he said: "I had a tooth taken out and it got infected. I went for a run, came back and collapsed.

"I was in so much pain from my stomach. I had to be airlifted to hospital."

"They thought something was going on with my heart."

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"I had my phone in my pocket, so when I woke up I rang Cam (Levins), my training partner. He helped me up and got me on the bed," he said.

"It was crazy. I was in hospital for four days."

"I had no-one there. I was in Park City by myself. We had to decide whether to get flights for (wife) Tania and the kids.

"I have been in pain. This was ridiculous. I couldn't take it. That is why they thought there was something going wrong with my heart."

Farah said was disappointed to miss the Commonwealth Games, but insisted that he didn't take the easy option by missing it.

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He also criticised fellow British long-distance great Paula Radcliffe for suggesting he could have raced in Glasgow.

"It was scary at the time. But things happen and you deal with it," said Farah.

"I missed quite a lot of running. I wanted to continue the road to the Commonwealth Games. I did not want to disappoint my fans. I knew people had bought tickets.

"But I wasn't ready. I did one track session. Paula (Radcliffe) was timing me and she told me to stop. She had seen it. I wasn't right.

"Later on, Paula said I'd taken the easy option withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games, which is not fair as she'd seen me struggle.

"If I am going to turn up, I have to be 100%. I am not going to get beaten at home.

"I didn't see anything. It was too painful. I would have loved to have been there. But there was no way."

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