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Farah creates history with 5,000m gold
8:37pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
MO FARAH labelled his latest 5,000m title as the sweetest of his career so far after he stormed to World Athletics Championships gold in Moscow on Friday night and wrote his name into athletics history in the process.
Farah cemented his legacy in the Luzhniki Stadium as he completed the World Championships long-distance double of topping the podium in both the 10,000m and 5,000m.
Add that to his 10k and 5k double at London 2012 and his gold and silver from Daegu 24 months ago and it is not hard to see why even Lord Sebastian Coe has called him Britain’s greatest ever athlete.
And it was this 5k win, six days after wrapping up the 10,000m crown, that truly proved his greatness.
With American training partner Galen Rupp not on his shoulder to protect him the Brit really had to earn it the hard way with a courageous show of individual distance running.
None of his main rivals for the 5,000m crown had taken part in the 10k last weekend and the fresher Kenyans and the Ethiopians did their best to disrupt Farah, Isiah Koech and Edwin Soi both making breaks early on.
But none of those attempts managed to stick as Farah and the rest of the group reeled them back in building up to the inevitable sprint finish, Farah’s speciality. However even then it was not a formality for the Brit as Koech pressed him all the way home but the 30-year-old found another gear when he needed it to take gold in a time of 13:26.98 minutes.
And after crossing the line the Somalian-born star admitted that a stitch in the early going had threatened to derail his chances.
“This was by far the sweetest of victories for me,” said Farah, who became only the second man to do the world and Olympic double after Kenenisa Bekele.
“I had a stitch early on in the race, it took a lot to get over that. My legs were OK but certainly a lot more heavy than the other guys that had not run the 10k.
“I thought the race would go harder but it suited me. It all worked out well and I managed to go the front to control the race “I was confident from having won a fast 1500m and some quick finishes in recent races that if it came down to the end with my speed I would be able to come home strong.”
Elsewhere, Chris O’Hare became the first Brit to qualify for a World Championships 1500m final as he finished his semi-final in fourth.
The British women’s 4x400m relay quartet of Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye and newly crowned world champion Christine Ohuruogu breezed to the win in their heat to qualify for Saturday’s final.
There was less good news for the men’s 4x400m team as they missed out on a medal finishing their final fourth, while Laura Muir and Marilyn Okoro both finished their respective 800m semi-finals in seventh.
But Adam Gemili is certainly a medal prospect after he smashed his personal best in the 200m semi-finals.
The 19-year-old became only the second Brit after John Regis and the first ever-European teenager to break 20 seconds as he won his semi in 19.98 seconds.
And with the final set for Saturday the youngster is hoping he can challenge the medal places alongside the legend that is Usain Bolt.
“I was in shock going over the line and seeing the time, I was looking around and I didn’t quite realise it was me that had won it until I looked up on the big screen,” 19-year-old Gemili said.
“I will go out in the final and execute and if I run how I know I can run I don’t see why I cant get a medal. But that is not the aim, the aim is to go out there and execute again.”
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