Mission Accomplished for Mo Farah

Hope Soto
August 7, 2017

After topping the podium in Moscow in 2013 and Russian Federation in 2015, Farah raced to 10,000-metre glory in front of a home London crowd with a time of 26 minutes, 49.51 seconds, beating Ugandan runner-up Joshua Cheptegei and Kenyan bronze medal-winner Paul Tanui. The Briton was spiked a couple of times, including once on the last lap, and had to keep his composure in the face of some ferocious injections of pace from the Ethiopian Abadi Hadis, Kenyans Paul Tanui and Bedan Muchiri and eventual silver medallist Joseph Cheptegei of Uganda.

The crowd were screaming him on and a couple of heat-stopping trips by way of Tanui's flailing feet, and Farah had to kick for the hardest fought win, and a sixth World Championship Gold medal in his career - 26:49.51.

Mo Farah lined up for his final ever 10,000m race on the track, everyone had nailed the Gold medal onto his vest before the start.

All manner of names have been brought into the mix in the past, but the might of Kenya and Ethiopia's stable of distance runners have been unable to surpass Farah at a major track showpiece since Ibrahim Jeilan did so over the distance at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

The Great Britain legend will retire from the track at the end of the 5,000m, which takes place later at the championships.

Very few athletes earn a cheer greater than Usain Bolt on the same night of competition. One thought was with him: "I can't lose in my hometown".

He was clipped twice heading into the final lap, suffering a cut after being caught by a runner's spikes, and also hurt his knee but declared he will be fit for Wednesday's 5000m heat.

"I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there it was going to be tough".

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"Don't get me wrong, I felt ok and I did the job I had to do out there, but probably not 100 per cent so".

"It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before", Farah said.

"I did my training in Kapchorwa, Uganda and didn't go to Kaptagat in Kenya because I saw the conditions are nearly the same".

Bolt ran a time of 10.08 seconds in his heat without really stepping out of second gear, while compatriot Yohan Blake and Christian Coleman of the United States also progressed from the preliminary round.

"It was just bad", said the 22-year-old.

Farah said: "It was quite a late one but I went through the whole system - doctors, scan and got a few stitches". "The mixture of cushioning and responsiveness gives me a versatile option to run fast some days and far others".

Kamworor exchanged the lead with Cheptegei performing the same role as he had in the Olympic final in Rio.

There was a distinct air of satisfaction around Farah that they failed, an extra pride that the combined force of the pack couldn't stop him.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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