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Farah thrills huge crowd with 10000m win

Farah thrills huge crowd with 10000m win

"To put that achievement into context, Haile Gebrselassie won six in a row at 10,000m, while Kenenisa Bekele's run of consecutive 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic and world titles ended at four".

Since missing out on gold by a hair's breadth in Daegu in 2011 after Ibrahim Jeilan unleashed one of the greatest ever final laps, Farah has won world doubles in 2013 and 2015 and Olympic doubles in 2012 and 2016.

The 34-year-old will also bid for an unprecedented third straight long-distance double in world championships history when he runs in the 5,000m final, providing he safely negotiates the heats on Wednesday, next Saturday night.

Of Geoffrey Kamworor, the sixth-placed Kenyan who took silver in the last world championships, Farah said: "In the papers he was like, 'It's my turn, I'm going to beat him".

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

It takes something to upstage Usain Bolt in an Olympic Stadium. "I didn't think I'd lose but I knew it was very tough".

Instead, it was Cheptegei and Tanui who represented the major threats to the home hero, but Farah once again proved to be in a class of his own, another stunning sprint finish earning yet more glory for the dominant figure in track distance running. "The knee was when I almost tripped at the bell twice and I happened to catch my other knee", he said.

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"I needed a scan and got a few stitches".

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. "With 3,000 to go, I was hurting and I was exhausted and there was a lot of stuff going on, a lot of elbows". His 10,000 win was the finale of what became known in British lore as "Super Saturday", when home athletes won three gold medals within an hour.

Farah played up to the crowd at the start line and also in the early stages of the race, encouraging them to show their support as his east African rivals tried to set a fast pace at the front.

The Kenyans resumed their control up front soon afterwards and upped the pace recording a lap of 61 seconds with the Ugandans tucked in behind them and Farah 11th. It is just not what I am used to. Last night was difficult, it was hard, the guys gave it to me - each one of them but at the same time they were working as a team.

There was no doubt Farah was the huge favorite heading into the final, and though he prevailed as expected the race was much tighter than expected; the likes of Tanui and Cheptegei helped make it one of the most thrilling contests over the distance in recent years.

Potter moved to Yorkshire in January having made a decision to extend her focus to three disciplines following a disappointing Rio Olympics Games a year ago.


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