Stitched-up Farah con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing dou­ble

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — Mo Farah is con­fi­dent he can win the 5,000m at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships de­spite in­jur­ing his knee and need­ing three stitches in his left leg af­ter his epic 10,000m tri­umph on Fri­day.

The 34-year-old Bri­ton told re­porters on Satur­day that he was con­cerned about his knee, which he hurt in a clash with Kenyan bronze medal­list Paul Tanui dur­ing a fre­netic last lap.

Yet he was adamant he would be “fine” to shoot for his fifth con­sec­u­tive golden 5,000/10,000m dis­tance dou­ble at a global cham­pi­onships as he had four days of re­cov­ery time be­fore the heats of the shorter event on Wed­nes­day.

Asked if he could achieve the dou­ble in his fi­nal cham­pi­onships as a track run­ner, Farah re­sponded: “I’ve got a few scratches, I’ve got a few bruises but if I be­lieve enough, and if I rest up enough, it’s pos­si­ble. I do be­lieve.”

He ex­plained that he had needed stitches in his left leg af­ter the race.

“It’s just the three lit­tle ones. I’m not wor­ried about that,” he said, re­fer­ring to what he felt was the most bruis­ing bat­tle of his bril­liant ca­reer.

“I’m more wor­ried about the knee, it’s just slightly banged up,” he added, point­ing to his left leg.

Farah said he “got spiked” at a point in the race which he couldn’t re­mem­ber. “It’s fine, it hap­pens,” he added, shrug­ging about the oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ards of be­ing an elite dis­tance run­ner.

Bat­tered ‘n’ bruised

The knee prob­lem, though, flared up af­ter one of two seem­ingly ac­ci­den­tal clashes with Tanui soon af­ter the bell as the lead­ers jos­tled for pole po­si­tion in the 25-lap event.

“The knee was when I nearly tripped at the bell twice and I hap­pened to catch my other knee,” he said. “It’s like when you’re fall­ing but catch it. It’s just a bruise and puffed up.”

Farah be­lieved he had come through the big­gest test of his six-year un­beaten streak in ma­jor cham­pi­onships as he faced a con­certed ef­fort from his Kenyan, Ugan­dan and Ethiopian ri­vals.

“With 3,000 to go, I was hurt­ing and I was tired and there was a lot of stuff go­ing on, a lot of el­bows. Phys­i­cally, that race was crazy,” he said.

“Have I had a race that hard and ended up that banged up? No. 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.

“It felt like me against the whole world — and it was.

“The Ugan­dan guys were look­ing for the Kenyan guys, the Kenyan guys were look­ing for the Ugan­dan guys, a cou­ple of Ethiopi­ans. They worked that well, fair play to them.”

Ul­ti­mately, though, their joint ef­forts could not ruf­fle So­mali-born Farah, who won his 10th suc­ces­sive ti­tle at the worlds and Olympics with his fastest cham­pi­onship 10,000m run — 26min 49.51sec, the quick­est in the world this year.

Now, one more im­mense test re­mains. The Bri­ton says the 5,000m will be his last cham­pi­onship track event be­fore he con­cen­trates on marathon run­ning and he hopes to make it the per­fect farewell this Satur­day by win­ning a sev­enth world ti­tle.

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