Friday 20 October 2017

Farah nabs third 10,000m world title

4 August 2017; Mo Farah of Great Britain after winning the final of the Men's 10,000m event during day one of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
4 August 2017; Mo Farah of Great Britain after winning the final of the Men's 10,000m event during day one of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Mo Farah won his third world 10,000 metres title with a stellar performance in front of a home crowd in London last night. The multiple world and Olympic champion held off a determined assault from a group of Africans who forced the pace from the start.

Farah stayed with them and survived two stumbles on a blistering final lap before delivering the trademark surge that nobody in the world can contend with.

He finished clear in 26 minutes 49.51 seconds - the fastest time in the world this year.

Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda was second in 26:49.94 with Paul Tanui of Kenya third in 26:50.60.

Meanwhile, Usain Bolt was left furious with his performance, despite moving a step closer to a golden goodbye as he cruised through the 100metres heats at the World Championships in London last night.

Back at the stadium where the Jamaican declared himself a "living legend" after retaining his 100m and 200m titles at the 2012 Olympics, the 30-year-old had to recover from an awful start to win his heat in 10.07 seconds.

Bolt, who is bringing the curtain down on his glittering career at these championships, was met with the customary huge cheers whenever he appeared on the big screen.

He whispered "number one" when the camera panned to him on the start line, but the shake of the head at the finish was proof he was less than happy with his run.

Bolt's start has been his chief - perhaps only - problem throughout his career, no great surprise for a sprinter who stands 6ft 5in.

"That was very bad," Bolt said. "I stumbled coming out of the blocks. I'm not very fond of these blocks. I think these are the worst ones I've ever experienced."

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