Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Mo Farah grabs gold again at the IAAF World Championships

When is Mo Farah racing at the World Athletics Championship Despite controversy, Farah bows out as the best
Noah Ferguson | 05 August, 2017, 14:38

The combined forces from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia tried to shake him in a fast run but there was no stopping his final kick as he won gold in a season leading 26 minutes, 49.51 seconds despite a near-trip with 300 meters to go.

As he got back to upright, there was no need to ask for a response from the stands as Farah stretched his legs down the back straight to a chorus of noise.

"It wasn't an easy race".

"It's been hard but I'm just mentally strong I guess".

Mo Farah will bring down the curtain on his championship career with a bid for yet another distance double in London but, despite his unmatchable palmares, the Briton still finds himself fighting for appreciation in some quarters. "The guys gave it to me, it wasn't about Mo, it was about 'how do we beat Mo?'"

"I don't know how far I can get but I am aiming for the top". "It helped a lot having that experience".

"That was a special moment for me". "This was very special".

He is set to defend his title in the 5,000 metres later in the championships.

Farah will now be preparing for the heats of the 5,000 meters on Wednesday.

Muir's heat was a competitive affair, as she did enough to stay in the pack at the end with Laura Weightman keeping herself out of trouble in the final heat.

Kamworor, who is the World Half Marathon and World Cross Country champion, took silver in 2015 (Beijing) as Tanui took silver behind Farah in Rio Olympics. Qualifying will go a long way to showing us who is in the best form ahead of Saturday's final. It was frightful. I've got the 5000m, though. To have that support out there was great. "Training has been going really well so I just want to get through the rounds and save as much energy as possible for the final".

Though perhaps not a shockingly slow time, given compatriot Julian Forte dipped clocked 9.99secs and youngster Christine Coleman went 10.01secs, it was short of the usual standard Bolt has delivered over his brilliant career.

The 34-year-old put in a stunning display at the London Stadium on the opening night of the championships, finishing in a time of 26:48.51 - his fastest in six years.

Two-time world cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor took up the pace with over 21 laps to run - Farah was seventh from the back but looking comfortable.

If Farah and Bolt are the main attractions over the next ten days there's hope that new stars will emerge, says Ron Lewis of The Times. I think these are the worst ones I've ever experienced. That is the highlight of my year, my life, it was just fantastic.

"The last lap, that was close - I honestly thought at one point I was gone because I stumbled".

With nine laps to go the pace setting was taken up by young Eritrean Aron Kifle but despite the constant changing of pace Farah despite being elbowed looked comfortable.

"If not, I'd ask him how he keeps so cool and relaxed in such a pressurised situation".

In the 100m, all three British sprinters reached Saturday's semi-finals.

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