Tuesday 20 March 2018

Farah makes it six in a row

Mo Farah of Great Britain after winning the final of the Men's 10,000m event
Mo Farah of Great Britain after winning the final of the Men's 10,000m event

Guy Aspin

Mo Farah feared a last-lap stumble had killed his hopes of a sixth straight global title - but he came through a challenge he branded the toughest of his career to land gold over 10,000m at the World Championships.

Farah was ruthlessly focused amid a summer of speculation as he burst away from the twin Kenyan challenge of Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor and Paul Tanui down the home straight.

The outcome could have been so different, though, as a tangle of legs in the closing stages threatened to send him crashing to the track. But the 32-year-old, who has endured a tumultuous season, caught up in the doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar, kept his feet and his cool to come home first in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.

"The last lap, that was close," said Farah, who took on water early in the race due to the hot and humid conditions. "At one point, I honestly thought I was gone as I stumbled and I was thinking, 'Not 24 laps into it, the last lap'. I was trying to go round and the Kenyan guy Geoffrey caught my leg. So I almost stumbled and managed to stay on my feet, go round to the front and make sure I had something left at the end. It was close, it wasn't easy."

The double Olympic champion has now not lost at an Olympics or World Championships since 2011. This race was almost half a minute quicker than his 10,000m triumph at London 2012 and 20 seconds faster than his victory at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Asked if it was the hardest of his wins, he said: "Yeah, for sure. I think the Olympics were pretty tough because of the pressure, being at home, I felt that a lot. But at the same time, it was never that quick, so it always came down to the last bit, but tonight it was hard."

He said the win was "for everyone that supported me and believed in me". Farah, will go in the heats of the 5,000m in four days' time and admitted another long-distance double was "possible".

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